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France: Emmanuel Macron holds first rally as tight election looms | News | DW


French President Emmanuel Macron is holding his first election rally on Saturday ahead of a first round on April 10, as a study shows four-fifths of voters no longer have confidence in any political party.

The rally comes after several weeks in which Macron has been more focused on international diplomacy over the war in Ukraine than domestic affairs, allowing far-right rival Marine Le Pen to gain ground on issues closer to home for the French public.

How are the candidates doing?

The latest survey by pollster Elabe, published on Wednesday, showed Le Pen winning 47.5% of the vote in a likely run-off against Macron scheduled for April 24. The poll showed Macron gaining 52.5%, a reduced margin of victory compared to the same poll conducted a week earlier.

Le Pen has benefited…



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