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A recent poll showed the French centrist and hard-right chief Marine Le Pen would run neck-and-neck in the first round of the 2022 election if the voting took place today. “Mrs Le Pen won 34 percent of the final vote in the 2017 election, but polls show she would now win 45 percent. She’s gained 11 points in two years of Macronism. So with a little more effort, Mr Macron will pave the way for a Le Pen victory,” Mr Montebourg told the French news channel BFMTV.

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“Mr Macron isn’t a rampart against the RN – he’s a propeller for the RN,” he continued.

The 41-year-old centrist needs to “change policy,” Mr Montebourg added: “The French want France to assert itself. And if we don’t create the conditions for this assertion soon, I fear the worst is yet to come.”

Recent polls show Mrs Le Pen’s popularity is rising with voters while Mr Macron’s is slipping.

He and Mrs Le Pen would run neck-and-neck in the first round of a presidential election if the voting took place today, an Ifop poll for Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper found.

Mrs Le Pen would garner 28 percent of the first-round vote, while Mr Macron would garner 27 percent. But the incumbent would once again trounce Mrs Le Pen in the second and final round with 55 percent of the vote.

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