UPDATED 7:23 AM PT – Thursday, December 9, 2021
The center-right in France could storm to victory against incumbent President Emmanuel Macron. According to recent polls, the newly chosen leader of the Republicans Party, Valerie Pecresse, is pulling ahead of Macron in a potential second round of voting. This is the first time Macron has been shown losing the second round.
Pecresse was an outsider candidate and was given the nomination after emerging from obscurity to perform well at intraparty debates. Now in polling, she has taken over the second spot, which was presumed to be the domain of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.
Goodness. And now this. An Elabe poll just out suggests that Valérie Pécresse could beat Macron in the second round: 52% to 48%
— Sophie Pedder (@PedderSophie) December 7, 2021
According to Pecresse she will be a president of action.
“Between the incumbent president and myself, there’s more than just a difference in political stance,” she stated. “There’s a difference in our natures. Emmanuel Macron has one sole obsession: to please. I have only one passion: to act.”
The French presidential election will take place over two rounds in April. Macron has not announced if he’s running for reelection.