Emmanuel Macron campaign gains strength as per latest poll
French presidential elections have become interesting as Emmanuel Macron could emerge at second position in first round after former Prime Minister Francois Fillon suffered decline in support due to payments made to family members from public funds. In recent polls conducted by Ipsos-Sopra Steria, far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen is leading with 26 percent support from French voters. Nearly 23 percent French voters support Macron. Fillon has dropped to third rank with 18.5 percent voters. Detailed poll results have been published in Le Figaro newspaper.
Majority of political experts believe that Macron and Le Pen will be fighting for Presidential post in second round of elections. In second round, Macron has high chances of winning elections with a wide margin. Macron’s campaign has recently blamed Russia for trying to derail his campaign. Russia has denied charges. Fillon has asked for better relations with Russia.
Macron’s campaign has also talked about fake news pushed by Russia Today and Sputnik News. Both the outlets are supported by Russia. Many European leaders have raised concerns about Russian role in upcoming elections in many European countries.
Le Pen could also get support after recent riots in Paris. While the government claims that riots are under control, media reports suggest that nearly 250 people have been arrested in last two weeks. There have been nearly 40 incidents of vandalism and causing damage to cars in some suburbs in Paris. Most of the incidents have gone unreported. Political experts suggest that such issues could lead to more support for Le Pen.
Macron was serving as economy minister under Hollande government. As Macron has also worked as investment banker, he is presenting himself as a candidate who can solve many economic issues and high unemployment rate in France.
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