Sun 10 October 2021:
Marine Le Pen, a presidential candidate in France, said on Sunday that she believes she can make it to the runoff in the 2022 election and defeat Emmanuel Macron.
She told BFMTV, “I truly believe I will be in the second round of this presidential election.”
Le Pen, the hard-right National Rally leader, went on to say that she believed she could defeat the centrist president, who has yet to announce his reelection bid.
According to a Harris Interactive poll released on Wednesday, Macron would receive 24 percent of the vote in the first round, followed by writer and TV analyst Eric Zemmour (17%) and Le Pen (15%).
Eric Zemmour, a highly divisive figure, the 63-year-old has repeatedly courted controversy with inflammatory remarks on subjects such as immigration, Islam and national identity – and been convicted multiple times for inciting hatred.
Wednesday’s poll suggested Zemmour will face a battle to actually unseat Macron, should he choose to compete.
Macron would win 55 percent of the vote in a second-round contest against him, the poll said.
It also indicated Macron would narrowly beat Le Pen by a margin of 53-47 percent, were she to get through to a second round, as well as all of his other main challengers in any second-round scenario.
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