DESPERATE Macron plotting new French coalition for EU elections to SEIZE CONTROL of bloc

DESPERATE Macron plotting new French coalition for EU elections to SEIZE CONTROL of bloc

Pascal Canfin, the number two on Macron’s list of candidates for the May 26 election, told France Inter radio: “We’ll champion a coalition deal and clearly we’ll offer the European Greens the opportunity to join.”

M Macron is hoping to break the dominance of the conservative EPP and Social-Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament, much like he did to France’s mainstream parties in the country’s 2017 election.

Voter intention surveys show both the EPP and S&D will fail to win an outright majority, potentially placing the centrists M Macron is hoping to unite in a position of king-maker.

However, the French President’s fight for dominance in the European elections comes while he faces plummeting approval ratings at home amid continued weekly violent protests.

Only 30 percent of those questioned in an Odoxa poll between March 20-21 said they were satisfied with M Macron, down from 32 percent in February, according to the survey of 1,001 people for France Inter radio, weekly L’Express and la presse régionale. 

The poll showed the 41-year-old centrist’s dissatisfaction rating rising to 70 percent, from 68 percent in February.

This weekend Paris is expected to face another wave of violence as Yellow Vest protestors take to the streets to vent their continued frustration with the nation’s leader.

Saturday will mark the 20th weekend of successive protests in the French capital.

The protests began at the end of last year in response to planned fuel tax rises.

However, they have quickly spread to represent broader anger at the direction of Mr Macron.

Coupled with the drop in support for the incumbent French president, the protests have seen a rise in support for Mr Macron’s rivals.

The Odoxa poll also showed that Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right Rassemblement national (RN) party and a vocal critic of Mr Macron, is one of the most-liked politicians in France, with a favourability rating of 26 percent, up two points in one month.

Two polls on Monday of voter intentions for the May 23-26 election showed M Macron’s La République en Marche (LREM) party in the lead, closely followed by Mme Le Pen’s RN.  

An Ipsos Game Changers poll for daily Le Monde, CEVIPOF, Sopra Steria and the Jean Jaurès Foundation showed the ruling LREM party winning 23.5 percent of the French vote, and the far-right RN 22 percent.

A separate BVA-Orange poll for Europe 1 radio and daily La Tribune showed M Macron’s centrists with 24 percent of voting intentions, and Mme Le Pen’s nationalists 21 percent.

Both polls asked French people who they would vote for if the parliamentary elections were to be held the next Sunday.

Published at Wed, 27 Mar 2019 11:21:00 +0000