French opinion poll puts Le Pen in the lead with 35% in the first round of elections


(Bloomberg) — Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party is projected to win the first round of France’s parliamentary elections with 35%, according to a poll on voting intentions published Tuesday.

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President Emmanuel Macron’s group would get 18% if left-wing parties form an alliance, or just 16% if they stand independently, according to the Ifop-Fiducial survey for LCI, Le Figaro and Sud Radio.

The pollster interviewed 1,089 adults online on Monday and Tuesday, with a margin of error of between 1.4 and 3.1 percentage points.

Macron dissolved the National Assembly and called early elections on Sunday after his party was defeated by the far right in the European Parliament elections.

The poll shows an alliance of four left-wing parties taking 25% of the vote in the first round, pushing Macron’s group to third place. Standing separately, the Socialists do best with 13%.

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