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Macron: Expert discusses criticism against French President

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Political analysts believe Mr Macron’s position is vulnerable with just over a year to go until voters head to the polls for the April 2022 vote. And Mr Bayou has now predicted defeat for the centrist La Republique En Marche leader at the hands of his far right opponent.

Emmanuel Macron will lose against Marine Le Pen

Julien Bayou

He said: “We knew that Emmanuel Macron would be disappointing but he has managed to disappoint us even more.

“With him, the gap with Marine Le Pen was considerably reduced. We are at 48 percent against 52 percent on average. If that is not a warning sign…

“By continuing this unequal policy – because this is also one of the fuels of Le Pen’s Rally National – there may be a shift.

“It would be enough for the majority to put the pension reform back on the table for Marine Le Pen to become a favourite again in the presidential election.

“Today there are only two forces that can win against her: the right and the environmentalists.

“Emmanuel Macron will lose against Marine Le Pen.”

Mr Macron rose to power in 2017 on a moderate ticket, staving off Ms Le Pen’s bid to win 66 percent of votes.

But four years on the embattled President is failing to convince many French men and women that he remains the right man for the job.

Mr Macron’s performance throughout the coronavirus pandemic has failed to convince French citizens he can manage the country in a crisis.

Research carried out by Odoxa institute showed 81 percent believe Mr Macon’s government “does not know where it is going” in terms of handing the coronavirus pandemic.

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Meanwhile Ms Le Pen is making waves in opinion polls as she prepares to challenge Mr Macron once again.

A poll by Politico showed how Ms Le Pen has made steady gains on her opponent six months.

By the end of January she was given 26 percent of the vote ahead of Mr Macron’s 24 percent.

The research illustrated how the far-right leader overtook the president in opinion polls last September.

Mr Macron’s handling of the pandemic has largely contributed to widespread scepticism of his authority.

There is growing impatience from businesses forced to close, and from right-wing politicians, for the President to ease the restrictions.

France reported 22,857 new confirmed Covid-19 cases today, sharply up from 4,703 yesterday and up from 19,952 on Sunday, as Mr Macron considers further measures to limit the pandemic.

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French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said all options remained on the table to rein in the pandemic, including the possibility of a new national lockdown and regional weekend lockdowns.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said last week a new lockdown was not on the agenda but that the government would see this week whether local weekend lockdowns might be needed in 20 areas considered very worrying, including Paris and the surrounding region.

(Additional reporting by Maria Ortega)

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