by Thomas Hunt
May 02, 2017
Emmanuel Macron's lead
over Marine Le Pen
has taken a heavy hit
as France prepares to vote in
the final round of
the election on Sunday.
Recent moves by Ms Le Pen to appeal to a wider audience seem to be
working as she has removed herself as the leader of the Front
National party, and rebranded her campaign with the new motto
Pollster Harris Interactive, who correctly predicted the
result of the first round, revealed a six points slip by Mr Macron
since last Sunday.
Le Pen enjoyed an improvement
latest election poll.
Ms Le Pen said:
"The country Mr
Macron wants is no longer France; it's a space, a wasteland, a
trading room where there are only consumers and producers."
The latest polls were
conducted prior to the announcement that defeated first round
presidential candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, would be Ms Le
Pen's prime minister if she wins the presidency.
Mr Dupont-Aignan's policies are seen as less extreme than her own,
despite being euro-skeptic and a longstanding critic of the Eurozone.
The French media reported it represented an important move to grab
moderate voters and could prove a decisive decision during the
election on May 7.
Mr Dupont-Aignan and Ms Le Pen, in a joint statement on Saturday,
"the transition from
the single currency to the European common currency is not a
prerequisite for any economic policy".
candidate denied that her position on the euro has changed.
The former Front National
"I have been calling
for the transformation of the single currency to the common
currency for quite a long time, so there is no contradiction in
The announcement was a surprise
had claimed he would never align
The Harris Interactive poll places Mr Macron on 61 per cent
and Ms Le Pen on 33 per cent.
Robert Ménard, the mayor of the town of Béziers in the south
of France who was elected with Front National support, said:
"It's very good news.
It proves that she has finally understood."
The Mayor has been a controversial figure
has backed Ms Le Pen.
"To win an election it's necessary to assemble and gather first
in your own camp. For the Front National, that's the right."
Professor Douglas Webber said:
"It would be almost
impossible for the EU to survive if Marine Le Pen should win the
up-coming French Presidential elections, and subsequently win a
referendum to withdraw France from it."