Emmanuel Macron: Polls show Marine Le Pen's popularity rising
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Speaking to her colleagues in the European Parliament on Wednesday, the National Rally MEP warned the Commission has been “powerless” in the development of a more united and fair bloc. Ms Bilde attacked the EU executive for failing to put into practice its “fine words”.
She blasted: “We’re a few months out of the Porto summit and the European Union once again is planning to switch tac.
“It is now promising a great event but nobody is fooled, everything is clear here.
“Europe is powerless here. What can Europe do?
“Talk about cutting budgets, that’s already been done.
“Cutting down on health spending, that’s already been done.
“Europe has notched up failures, the healthcare crisis has shown that we’ve not seen a real change, a real direction in failed policies.
“The Commission is just using fine words. We need to agree on the diagnosis before we can tackle inequalities.
“We have seen mass industrialisation and that has led to grown precariousness and millions of jobs lost.
“France is struggling to integrate new generations.
“We’ve seen mass immigration and that has increased the pressure on our wealth fare systems, they’re on their last legs.
“We’ve seen widespread ratifications of free trade agreements, that leads to unfair competition and social damping.
“We need an urgent response to these problems.”
In a thinly-veiled threat to the Brussels’ executive, she moved quoted Victor Hugo.
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She said: “He said ‘nothing is stronger than the right idea at the right time’.
“Now we need a change. French people will vote in 2022 and will demonstrate that.”
Posting her intervention on Twitter, she added: “We can no longer count the failures of the EU…
“In 2022, the people of France must rise up!”
French people will head to the polls for the presidential elections in 2022.
Recent polls have shown that the leader of the populist National Rally, Marine Le Pen, is coming within reach of beating President Macron in next year’s French election.
A Harris survey, published this week, predicted a replay of the final-round run-off between the pair in the 2017 election.
The study suggested French voters could be moving towards backing what is considered a far-right candidate for the first time.
If elected, Ms Le Pen would break the so-called “glass ceiling” of French politics for the first time with the country’s electorate casting aside longstanding assumptions that they would never back an extreme contender in the ballot.
If the May 2022 election were to be staged now, Ms Le Pen would have 47 percent of the vote, with Mr Macron on 53 percent, according to the poll.
In their 2017 showdown, Mr Macron secured 66 percent of the vote, compared to Ms Le Pen’s 34 percent.
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