A survey conducted by Elabe, showed that majority of the French people believe that National Rally leader Marine Le Pen is more capable of addressing issues on migration and terrorism, than French President Emmanuelle Macron.
53% believe that Le Pen would be able to handle illegal migration and related issues better than Macron. Likewise, 52% think that she is also better in handling the rising crime in France.
Le Pen lost to Macron on inequalities, social protection, and environmental issues at 27%. She also struggled to find support on economic issues such as taxes and employment.
The poll also showed that 74% of the respondents see her as an authoritative leader while 61% perceive her as arrogant. Survey also showed that 59% of respondents are impressed by her dynamism and 56% by her courage.
Le Pen has started campaigning for the European elections in May. Le Pen expertly capitalized on the growing resentment on Macron’s globalist policies:
“Let’s stop being the idiots of the world village! The healthy anger of the Yellow Vests is a revolt of the employees and the middle class against globalization. The right exchange is an international trade that refuses the reign of the so-called social, environmental or health, it is that which favors local productions, which ensures traceability and therefore guarantees quality.”
The National Rally leader expressed her sentiment against American imperialism:
“The imperialism of American law, this submission to their interests, only serves to remind us of the impotence of the European Union and the inconsistency of the Europeanists. They will be held accountable.”
Le Pen’s National Rally and Macron’s La République En Marche! (Republic on the Move/LREM) are considered to be the top contenders in the May European Parliament elections. When it comes to popularity, a recent YouGov poll showed Macron and Le Pen are very close at 21 and 20 percent respectively.