New poll puts Zemmour in round two of French vote, behind President Macron

French far-right commentator Eric Zemmour attends a meeting for the promotion of his new book ‘La France n’a pas dit son dernier mot’ (France has not yet said its last word) in Beziers, France, October 16, 2021. — Reuters pic
French far-right commentator Eric Zemmour attends a meeting for the promotion of his new book ‘La France n’a pas dit son dernier mot’ (France has not yet said its last word) in Beziers, France, October 16, 2021. — Reuters pic

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PARIS, Oct 22 — The hard-right political talk-show star Eric Zemmour was forecast to reach the second round of the French presidential election in a new poll published today, although President Emmanuel Macron was still forecast to win the first round.

A poll published today for Le Monde newspaper by Ipsos Sopra Steria gave Zemmour between 16-16.5 per cent of votes in the first round of next year’s election – enough to put him in the final, second-round run-off vote.

Macron was seen with 24 per cent of votes in the first round, on the assumption that Xavier Bertrand stood for the right-wing Les Republicains party, and with 28 per cent if Michel Barnier stood for Les Republicains.

The poll for Le Monde marks the second survey which has put Zemmour – whose candidacy remains unconfirmed – in the final, run-off vote of the election, following a similar forecast in a Harris Interactive poll earlier this month.

Surveys still forecast Macron as the likely, eventual winner. — Reuters

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