‘Bad news for Macron’: A center-right contender could ‘knock out’ the French President.
EMMANUEL MACRON has been given a political setback that might jeopardize his re-election chances as early as the first round of the presidential election next year.
Xavier Bertrand, the president of the Hauts-de-France region, has stated that he will run in the centre-right primaries in December, giving him a chance to fight against Emmanuel Macron as the primary candidate. Mr Bertrand had planned to run for president as an independent candidate, but he has now opted to fight in the December primary against Valérie Pécresse.
In a recent poll, he was found to be ahead of Ms Pecresse and other right-wing candidates in the primaries, raising concerns for the incumbent French President.
Mr Macron might be “knocked out” of the race in the first round, according to EU analyst Mujtaba Rahman.
“While all eyes in Europe are on today’s German election, there has been a very major change in France ahead of the April elections – which is bad news for Emmanuel Macron,” he stated.
On December 4, Xavier Bertrand will fight in the ‘closed primaries’ in the center right.
“Bertrand was running an anti-establishment campaign. This would have splintered the centre-right vote and almost certainly resulted in a Macron-Marine Le Pen runoff on April 24.
“Bertrand or Valérie Pécresse will most likely be the centre-right candidate now.
“It could figure out Macron in the first round and come close to beating him in the second.”
According to exit polls, Mr Bertrand performed better than predicted in the June regional elections, polling ahead of the far-right by a larger margin than projected.
Mr Bertrand claimed that the center-right has shown to be the most effective counterweight to the far right.
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The president of the Hauts-de-France region is named by LR supporters as the right-wing candidate most capable of defeating the other candidates in an Ifop survey for the JDD published on Sunday, September 26.
63 percent of those polled who identify as politically conservative believe he is capable of defeating the President of the Republic, compared to only 11 percent for Michel Barnier and 8% for Valérie Pécresse.
They also believe he has the best chance of defeating the Green Party’s nominee for Europe-Ecology (69 percent), the socialist Anne Hidalgo (66 percent), Marine Le Pen (69 percent), or even Jean-Luc Mélenchon (66 percent).
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