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‘French far-right party gains lead before EU parliament vote’

A far-right party in France has gained a lead against President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party ahead of European Parliament elections.

An Ifop poll published on Sunday showed that for the first time in a poll of voting intentions for the May 2019 European Parliament elections, the far-right Rassemblement National (RN) — led by Marine Le Pen — had jumped ahead of Macron’s La République en marche (LREM).

The Ifop poll asked nearly 1,000 French people on Oct 30-31 who they would vote for if the European Parliament elections were to be held the next Sunday.

The far-right RN rose to 21 percent of the voting intentions compared to its 17-percent rating at the end of August, while Macron’s party gained 19 percent compared to the 20 percent it had gained back then.

Together with the seven-percent score of Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, and one percent each for “Frexit” parties led by former Le Pen associate Florian Philippot and Francois Asselineau, far-right parties won a combined 30 percent of voting intentions, up from a combined 25 percent at the end of August.

An Odoxa-Dentsu poll released mid-September showed that Macron and Le Pen’s parties were neck-and-neck at around 21 percent.