The party of far-right leader Marine Le Pen will top the upcoming European Parliament elections with 23,5 percent of the vote, just ahead of President Emmanuel Macron’s REM party, according to the results of new Elabe poll.
It was the first time Le Pen’s Rassemblement National (RN) – formerly the National Front – overtook Macron’s REM in an Elabe survey ahead of the EU election this year, although other, daily polls have shown the RN in pole position before.
The list Place public/PS (4%) still remains below the threshold of 5%, necessary to obtain a seat of MEP in the European Parliament. It is preceded by half a point by the list Debout France (4.5%). The lists of Generations and PCF collect, meanwhile, 3% of voting intentions, but are slightly up (+0.5 for Generation-s and + 1 for the PCF list).
The poll of 1,500 people was conducted on May 2-3, after Macron announced a series of proposals, including tax cuts worth 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion), in a bid to appease the “yellow vests” anti-government protest movement.
Macron is facing the biggest challenge of his presidency yet in the “yellow vest” protests, which started nearly six months ago over the high cost of living but spread into a broader movement against the former investment banker’s pro-business reform drive.