Nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen, who finished second in the first round of the French presidential election, is aggressively campaigning and out-maneuvering her globalist, establishment-supported opponant Emmanuel Macron, Reuters reports:
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has made a more impressive start than favorite Emmanuel Macron to the last lap of the French presidential election, a poll showed on Thursday.
Macron, tipped in all opinion polls so far to win convincingly against the National Front chief on May 7, has made several potentially costly public relations missteps since they both qualified for the decisive run-off in a vote last Sunday.
…Striking workers jeered Macron, a 39-year-old former economy minister, on Wednesday during a visit to the Whirlpool tumble-drier factory in his hometown of Amiens in northern France after Le Pen unexpectedly turned up there hours earlier and posed for selfie photos with people at the site.
As the French media acknowledged successful one-upmanship by Le Pen, her second-in-command said that she, in stark contrast to Macron, had refused to stand by as firms like Whirlpool sought to shift production out of France to cheaper countries.
…With polls indicating Macron winning with around 60 percent of votes on May 7, he has also taken heat for seemingly acting as if victory were already in the bag.
Rivals and potential allies alike criticized his visit on Sunday night to an elegant Parisian restaurant for celebrations after coming out on top in the first round of voting.
Express reports on a poll shows that 61% of the French think Le Pen is running a successful second round campaign.
This is encouraging news. Le Pen will need a miracle to win, as conservative leaders have sold out France by joining with communists and socialists in an alliance against her.