French politics shook by Marine Le Pen poll rating

France’s political scene has been shocked by new poll figures that shows a wealth of support for Marine Le Pen.

The news comes after the Le Parisien newspaper released results showing the leader of the far-right National Front as the frontrunner for all candidates in next year’s first round of presidential elections. Le Pen took over as the party’s head in January from her father, Jean-Marie.

The figures show Le Pen garnering 23% of the vote, a full 2% lead over Nicolas Sarkozy as well as socialist figurehead Martine Aubry. But the poll hasn’t yet been accepted by all analysts, as many point out that online surveys such as this are less accurate than those conducted via telephone. Similarly, Le Parisien’s poll had assumed that Aubry would be the socialist presidential candidate despite the fact that the party has yet to officially name its representative for the election.

In 2002, Jean-Marie Le Pen had shocked France by becoming the runner-up in the first round of the election, however was defeated in a landslide victory for Jacques Chirac.

Despite the controversy, the prospect of a far-right president has created shockwaves in the country, visible in a recent article on the left-leaning Liberation website that proclaims politicians don’t know whether to react with panic or prudence over the poll.



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