The unexpected results of a new French poll about potential 2012 presidential candidates offers quantitative support to the emerging consensus that under Marine Le Pen, the French far right is a force to be reckoned with.
France’s presidential elections are more than a year away, but a new poll has shocked French political circles by showing a far right candidate coming in first place.
The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive for daily newspaper Le Parisien, has National Front leader Marine Le Pen (who took over from her father in January) leading the race with 23 percent of votes. Incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist challenger Martine Aubry would each pull in 21 percent, the poll found.
Date created : 2011-03-07