Macron’s ‘arrogance’ could cost him French election as voters head to polls

Macron’s ‘arrogance’ could cost him French election as voters head to polls

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EMMANUEL MACRON’S “arrogance” and “condescending” attitude may push him out of the French elections, critics have warned.

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French voters will head to the polls on Sunday in the opening round of a presidential race which some experts believe might be closer than expected. Emmanuel Macron has a fight on his hands from far-right challenger Marine Le Pen, who has been galvanised by a slick election campaign

Forty-nine million people are eligible to decide which two of 12 candidates should take part in the run-off vote.

Speaking about Mr Macron and his election campaign in an Op-Ed piece, Fraser Myers, deputy editor at Spiked wrote: “Macron was expected to cruise confidently to victory.

“So convinced was he of his recoronation, he has barely spent any time on the campaign trail.

“Macron only officially declared his candidacy for re-election at the beginning of last month.

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Macron’s ‘arrogance’ could cost him French election as voters head to polls (Image: Getty Images)

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French voters go to the polls on Sunday in the opening round of a presidential race (Image: Getty Images)

“Though there was never any doubt he would run again, the repeated delays were a symptom of his aloofness to the small, inconvenient matter of domestic politics.”

Mr Macron’s first rally of the campaign was held only last Saturday, a little under one week before the polls are due to open.

According to the reports, the president spent little time on the race, focusing instead on Europe’s reaction to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

When he came to power with a new party in 2017, Emmanuel Macron swept away the old allegiances, and the two big parties are still nursing their wounds.

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Emmanuel Macron has a fight on his hands from far-right challenger Marine Le Pen (Image: Getty Images)

However, this year it seems a bit different. Recent polls show Marine Le Pen just two points behind Emmanuel Macron, according to the latest polls.

Ms Le Pen was runner-up to Emmanuel Macron in 2017, and this time, she is once again his closest rival.

Mr Mysers continued: “When interacting with voters, he comes across as condescending and high-handed at best, insulting and arrogant at worst.

“He has little time for the left behind of France (whom he memorably described as ‘people who are nothing’), for pensioners (who ‘have no right to complain’ about cuts), or for striking workers (‘illiterates’ and ‘slackers’).

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Emmanuel Macron has a fight on his hands from far-right challenger Marine Le Pen (Image: Getty Images)

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Recent polls show Marine Le Pen just two points behind Emmanuel Macron. (Image: Getty Images)

“He does not converse with voters, he lectures them.”

Voting in the big cities of Paris, Lyon and Marseille takes place from 08:00 to 20:00 local time (06:00-18:00 GMT).

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