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Marine Le Pen’s popularity at an all time high

The president of the RN has taken advantage of the debate on immigration and secularism and her popularity has spiked to 36 percent of voters expressing "good opinions".

Published: November 15, 2019, 9:38 am

    Paris

    As the gap narrows between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, a duel in the next presidential election would certainly see the president of the National Rally (RN) winning the hearts of the French.

    This was revealed by an Ifop poll for Paris Match which has placed Le Pen in twentieth position of its list of political personalities, with an increase of eight points compared to the last estimate.

    Marine Le Pen seems to have been benefiting from the public debate, which is currently revolving around her favorite subjects: immigration, Islam and secularism.

    Even if she remains slightly behind Emmanuel Macron (43 percent) in the ratings, she has progressed in all other categories, including retirees (42 percent, +15), workers (47 percent, +11), but also sympathizers of France Insubordinate (27 percent, + 15) and especially Republicans (44 percent, + 20).

    In a duel tested by the polling agency, however, her great rival Emmanuel Macron remains in front in case of a second round in the presidential election: 27 percent for the president of the RN against 55 percent in favor of the head of state .

    Some 18 percent of respondents are, however, undecided. The head of government, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has lost four points and dropped to 45 percent of “good opinions”. Even the most popular ministers so far are losing ground: Jean-Yves Le Drian also lost four points and is at 46 percent.

    The list is dominated by conservatives and Greens as Socialist politicians are no longer popular.

    In Lille at the university on Tuesday, November 12, several students invaded the campus destroying in passing some 450 books of the Socialist politician and former President of the Republic, François Hollande.

    Two partner booksellers were selling his books on site. The Meura bookstore, which had agreed to be a partner of the faculty of Lille to sell the books of François Hollande, was not happy.

    On Facebook, the manager, Lilya Aït Menguellet,  described the scene: “The amphitheater has been invaded by protesters. Some immediately grabbed the books on the table and started shredding them. The area dedicated to booksellers has been ransacked.”

    The library manager recalled the “methodical destruction of all available copies, trampling and the disappearance of our equipment.”

    Le Pen was invited as a guest of the Talk Le Figaro on Wednesday, where she unveiled some of her priority projects for the next presidential election. The RN has already been preparing for the presidential 2022.

    She said since 2017, she has matured. For 2022, it also planned to produce a series of thematic white papers on various topics, including security, fraud, corruption and energy.

    The head of the RN also raised the possibility, during the municipal elections, of “rallying lists” together with elected representatives from the Republicans. “This can multiply our reach,” said Le Pen.

    On November 13, Marine Le Pen sharply criticised of the actions of Emmanuel Macron, whom she called the “terrifying social destroyer.” The RN chief also took the opportunity to refine her voting strategy.

    “He’s from another world. It is the world of bankers, financiers, major international powers,” Marine Le Pen said about the head of state, seeing him as an “opponent” of France “which he is hurting”.

    Instead of being the “Kennedy of Modernity,” the president turned out to be a “terrifying social destroyer who managed to create total chaos in the country,” the president of the National Rally said.

    In an interview with LCI, Le Pen also noted: “I am delighted that Emmanuel Macron is now criticizing NATO. But is he President of the French Republic or commentator of the news? Why did he not call for the suspension of Turkey from NATO? Why does not he make any proposal?”

    She added: “We are at more than a ‘turning point’ of the quinquennium. I deeply believe we are at a turning point in the history of our country. I think that Emmanuel Macron is the prime example, the last salvo of destructive globalisation.”

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