Marine Le Pen Leads Macron For First Time, Latest Poll Shows

Monday, November 5, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Mon, 11/05/2018

French President Emmanuel Macron’s already abysmal approval ratings, which has fallen precipitously this year following an exodus of cabinet officials, tone deaf messaging over the president’s “lavish” lifestyle, controversial immigration policies and a scandal involving brutality by a Macron bodyguard and confidant, have already slid to their lowest level since his presidency began, putting him on pace to eventually match the single-digit approval ratings enjoyed by his predecessor, socialist Francois Hollande, which inspired Hollande not to seek a second term.

And over the weekend, the polls dealt another embarrassment to France’s youngest leader since Napoleon, when they revealed that the National Rally (formerly National Front) party’s candidates for the May European Parliament election are polling higher than candidates running on Macron’s “En Marche” ticket. This is the first time the far-right party has overtaken Macron’s centrist movement in the polls.

As the IFOP opinion poll showed, National Rally candidates – who belong to the party led by Marine Le Pen, Macron’s former opponent in the 2017 presidential campaign – were polling at 21%, compared with 19% for En Marche:

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