The far-right remains in the lead to win the European elections in France, according to a recent opinion poll, the second in the past six months that puts Marine Le Pen’s party in pole position. EURACTIV France reports.
If the elections had taken place on Sunday 13 April, the French National Front party would have won 24% of votes, just ahead of the centre-right UMP (23%) and the ruling Socialist Party (21%) of President François Hollande.
The centrist UDI is far behind, with 9% of votes. Coming in fifth place, the Left Front would have received 8% of votes. The Green party would have followed with 7.5%.
This is the second poll in six months that puts Marine Le Pen’s party in the lead to win the European elections in France. Last October, a survey for the Nouvel Observateur magazine predicted that 24% would back the anti-immigrant party, compared with 22% for the centre-right UMP and 19% for the Socialists.
Among the smaller political parties, the New Anticapitalist Party, led by Olivier Besancenot, would have received 2%, Debout la République (Arise the Republic) 1.5%, while Nouvelle Donne (New Deal) and Lutte Ouvrière (Worker’s Struggle) would both have got 1% of votes.
Finally, 1.5% of those surveyed would have voted for one of the many other candidates presented for the European elections.
One the most striking results of the survey is the high level of abstention, at almost 61%.