Macron ‘will make those types of comments’ says Priti Patel
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Next year the presidential election will take place in France, and Emmanuel Macron and his centrist party, La République En Marche! (LREM), will face strong competition from several opponents. Leader of the far-right National Rally, Marine Le Pen, is seen by many to be Mr Macron’s main opponent for the presidency.
According to Politico Poll of Polls, Ms Le Pen is gaining momentum in polls for 2022 presidential election voting intention.
In the 2017 election, Mr Macron earned 24 percent of first-round votes, while Ms Le Pen got 21.3 percent.
In the second round of voting, Mr Macron secured victory with 66.1 percent of the vote, with Ms Le Pen earning 33.9 percent.
But according to Politico, Mr Macron is now polling with 24 percent of the vote in the first round, the same as his previous first-round election performance in 2017.
Ms Le Pen also polled with 24 percent of first-round votes, up from the previous 2017 election performance by 2.7 percent.
Politico polls for the second round show victory could still be on the cards for Mr Macron, however.
The poll shows 55 percent of second-round votes for Mr Macron and only 45 percent of votes for Ms Le Pen.
Although this poll suggests Mr Macron could still win the presidential election next year, the data shows Ms Le Pen is closing the gap on Mr Macron.
Along with Ms Le Pen, Mr Macron will face some new competition this year.
Earlier this week, former European Union Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, announced his intention to run for France’s top job.
Before his long career with the European Union, Mr Barnier has held many roles in French politics.
Mr Barnier is a member of the centre-right The Republicans party.
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For some time, there have been indications of Mr Barnier’s intentions to run against Mr Macron in the presidential election.
Mr Barnier set up a political faction named “Patriot and European” earlier this year.
This week, Mr Barnier told TF1, France’s most-watched TV channel: “In these grave times, I have taken the decision and have the determination to stand … and be the president of a France that is reconciled, to respect the French and have France respected.”
Mr Barnier spoke of the need to “restore the authority of the state”, along with “limit and have control over immigration”.
He told Le Figaro newspaper: “Since the end of my Brexit mission I’ve listened a lot, had lots of discussions and worked on building a team and a project.
“The world around us is dangerous, unstable and fragile. Our country is doing badly and we need a change-over.”
Mr Barnier will face competition within his own party to be chosen as The Republicans’ candidate.
Valérie Pécresse, the head of the Paris regional council, is seen by many as Mr Barnier’s main rival.
Philippe Juvin, a mayor from the Paris suburbs, and MP Éric Ciotti are also running.
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