French elections 2022 live: Latest polls as Macron and Le Pen present the nation’s final pitches

Watch live as French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen holds a rally in Arras

Emmanuel Macron maintained a 12-point lead in the poll over Marine Le Pen, the far-right contender in the French presidential election, after a heated television debate Wednesday night.

As the election campaign enters its final days, both candidates are back on the campaign trail to garner the support they can before Sunday’s vote.

Macron, the centrist president who hopes to be re-elected, visited the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis while Ms. Le Pen, who presents herself as the voice of the neglected working class, was in the northern industrial region of Haut-de-France.

In Saint-Denis, the president warned the crowd of his opponent: “We must not get used to the emergence of far-right ideas.”

Le Pen, at a rally in Arras, accused Macron of “unlimited arrogance” in both Wednesday’s debate and his five years in office. She said he was nice about immigration and described his economic record as “disastrous.”

The leaders of Germany, Spain and Portugal backed Macron on Thursday.


Marine Le Pen posts messages on social media

Marine Le Pen’s Twitter account has become very active this morning, sharing clips from interviews and campaign photos every 10 minutes or so:

Zoe TidmanApril 22 2022 09:41


Macron says the EU cannot allow a new Iron Curtain

More Emmanuel Macron media interviews this morning.

The president said that EU countries must not allow a new Iron Curtain to fall across the continent – but it is also important to take into account the different views within the bloc towards Russia and the war in Ukraine.

Zoe TidmanApril 22 2022 08:58


Marine Le Pen says she ‘spent eight months trying to drag the French away from the abstention’

“I’ve spent eight months in this presidential campaign trying to get the French out of the abstention,” Marine Le Pen said this morning.

The far-right leader said she believed the split between the French people and their representatives could be ended with “democratic tools” including proportional representation and referendums by the population themselves.

Zoe TidmanApril 22 2022 08:49


Macron says Le Pen draws on anger I haven’t quenched

Emmanuel Macron has said he has not managed to quell some of the anger the country is feeling and that his far-right rival Marine Le Pen is using some of that in her campaign.

“And there we have it. It made some progress, covered itself by turning this into our problem, and was able to build on that,” the president – hoping to be re-elected at the weekend – told France Inter radio.

Zoe TidmanApril 22 2022 08:05


Polls show Conservative and Brexit supporters back far-right Marine Le Pen

A YouGov poll indicated that Brexit supporters want far-right candidate Marine Le Pen to become France’s president.

At least 37 percent of Conservative Party voters supported the right-wing leader, while only 24 percent backed the centrist Emmanuel Macron.

The two will compete head-to-head in Sunday’s crucial run-off, with polls putting Macron six points ahead of his rival.

The margin is larger among Leave voters in the 2016 Brexit referendum, who favor Ms Le Pen over the incumbent by 35 per cent to 19 per cent.

Alisha Rahman SarkarApril 22, 2022 07:30


Le Pen urges voters to choose between Macron and France

At her last campaign rally in Arras, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen urged voters to choose between “Macron and France”.

“You should vote for the only truly republican front, the anti-Macron front,” she added.

Le Pen criticized her opponent’s “unlimited arrogance”, presenting herself as a “national president who would respect the French” compared to Mr Macron “who doesn’t like them”.

Alisha Rahman SarkarApril 22, 2022 07:00


Macron and Le Pen made a last-ditch effort to win the presidential race

Incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen made a last-ditch effort Thursday to woo voters ahead of Sunday’s presidential election.

As Ms Le Pen drove to her stronghold in Arras, Macron visited the multicultural Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, where far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon made significant progress during the first round of voting.

According to French election rules, all campaigning must end by midnight on Friday.

After Wednesday’s fiery marathon debate, Macron had a 6-13 lead over Le Pen, according to the latest polls.

Alisha Rahman SarkarApril 22 2022 06:28


Macron warns Muslim voters of consequences for Le Pen’s election

In the final phase of the campaign, incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron tried to curry favor with disaffected left-wing voters, warning them of the consequences for the Muslim community if his far-right rival Marine Le Pen were to vote.

POLITICO reports that Macron accused his rival while visiting the multicultural city of Saint-Denis in Paris of trying to exclude foreign nationals from social housing.

For example, he said, “A young Moroccan woman with two children, who works in the hospital, was greeted every evening during the pandemic…With Madame Le Pen’s programme, we will withdraw her social housing and family benefits.”

“It is a program of discord,” Macron added, while criticizing Le Pen for “confusing terrorism, insecurity, immigration, Islam and Islamic extremism all the time.”

Alisha Rahman SarkarApril 22, 2022 05:19


When will the results of the French elections be announced?

A poll is expected to be released at exit 7pm GMT on Sunday with the official final results announced the next day.

Macron won 27.8 percent of the vote 11 days ago versus Le Pen’s 23.1 percent, and is currently leading in opinion polls by as much as 56 percent to 44 percent, although Sunday’s vote is expected to prove a close contender. however.

Liam JamesApril 22, 2022 03:00


French voters say Macron wins TV debate but looks arrogant

French voters believe President Emmanuel Macron was the biggest winner in the televised political debate with far-right rival Marine Le Pen, but they also think he appeared arrogant, according to an opinion poll (Borzo Daragahi He writes).

The poll conducted by Elabe for French TV channel BFM and Express The magazine, indicated that 59 percent of viewers saw Macron as the winner of the fiery confrontation with Le Pen, who was seen as the winner by only 39 percent.

The French leader, according to numerous opinion polls, is expected to win the vote on Sunday with between 52 and 56 percent of the vote. But Le Pen, who won only a third of the vote in the 2017 election match against Macron, is still within walking distance, and her rival’s surprise victory cannot be ruled out.

Among the supporters of the left-wing candidate in the first round of the presidential election, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, 61 percent saw Macron as the winner of the debate, compared to 36 percent who considered Ms. Le Pen to be the winner.

Liam JamesApril 22, 2022 02:00

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