Macron gets French poll boost after Ukraine crisis interventions

Macron officially launched his re-election campaign earlier this week

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By Reuters

Published: Sat 5 Mar 2022, 5:07 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron’s lead over rival candidates ahead of next month’s election has grown in the wake of Russia’s military operation on Ukraine, according to a poll published on Saturday by Le Monde newspaper.

The Sopra Steria poll showed Macron winning 30.5 per cent of votes in the first round of voting on April 10, up from 26.5 per cent a week earlier.

Macron’s closest challenger in the first round was Marine Le Pen, of the far-right Rassemblement National party, with 14.5 per cent of votes, compared with 15.5 per cent last week.

In the second and final vote, due on April 24, Macron was seen beating Le Pen by 59 per cent to 41 per cent.

Macron has led European efforts in trying to de-escalate the Ukraine crisis. He met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last month, and has spoken to Putin and US President Joe Biden to try and mediate in the crisis.


Russia’s attacks has put Macron’s far-right rivals on the backfoot, forcing the usually Russophile Le Pen and Eric Zemmour to justify their past support for Putin.

Macron officially launched his re-election campaign earlier this week, saying he was there to defend the values of France that “the world’s disorders are threatening.”

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