French voters sceptical on Macron, Le Pen


French demonstrators

A protester holds a placard reading “May 7, beat Le Pen. May 8, fight Macron” during a demonstration by leftist parties against the final two presidential candidates in Perpignan, on April 29, 2017. Photo by Raymond Roig/AFP/Getty Images.

The protest slogan at this demonstration in France suggests that French voters on 7 May 2017, the second round of the presidential election, should beat racist Marine Le Pen, by voting for the only other option on the ballot paper, Macron. And on 8 May, Macron‘s first day as president, should start fighting Macron.

From Reuters news agency:

French voters skeptical Macron, Le Pen have answers on unemployment, security: poll

Matthias Blamont

PARIS

Sunday, Apr. 30, 2017 9:27AM

A week before a decisive second round in France’s presidential election, many voters are skeptical that either of the two candidates can solve chronic unemployment or tackle security concerns, a poll published on Sunday found.

The Ifop survey for the Journal du Dimanche highlights two key battlegrounds as centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen enter a final week of campaigning, expected to focus on France’s economy and borders.

Polls predict Macron, a former economy minister, will win the May 7 run-off with about 59-60 per cent. But the momentum has recently been with Le Pen, who has clawed back about five percentage points over the past week.

According to the Ifop poll, 45 per cent of voters believe the two finalists would not put an end to unemployment, which has for years stood close to 10 per cent in France. And 36 per cent say neither candidate is able to protect France from attacks.

France has been under a state of emergency since 2015 and has suffered a spate of Islamist militant attacks mostly perpetrated by young men who grew up in France and Belgium. …

The outcome of the run-off will depend to a large extent on floating voters and potentially high levels of abstention.

In the first round, 22.2 per cent of voters abstained: The highest percentage since 2002 when Marine Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie, surged into the second round only to be defeated overwhelmingly by conservative Jacques Chirac.

If turnout is low in the second round, analysts say Macron may struggle to reproduce the same broad movement against the National Front candidate, citing his mainly free-market policies at a time when anti-establishment feeling has been on the rise in Europe and the United States.

Left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, with 19.6 per cent of votes in the first round, has urged his supporters to oppose Le Pen but has refused to back Macron for the second round. …

The Ifop poll found 42 per cent of voters believe Macron and Le Pen would be unable to reunite the country after months of bitter campaigning, while 43 per cent questioned whether they would be able to govern even after capturing the Elysee palace.

France returns to the polls in June to select members of the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, where a majority is needed to push through government policies.

Both Macron, who launched a new party a year ago, and Le Pen, whose National Front has only two seats in the National Assembly, have faced questions about their ability to build a parliamentary majority. …

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