<span class="t-location">Paris (AFP) - </span>La nouvelle candidate à la présidentielle du parti républicain de droite Valérie Pecresse a bondi dans les sondages, ont montré deux sondages mardi, l'un indiquant que le président Emmanuel Macron a perdu pour la première fois. </p><div> <p>Pecresse, qui prétend être la première femme présidente de France, a commencé le processus de nomination en tant qu'outsider de rang, mais a été choisie par les membres du parti samedi après avoir obtenu de bons résultats lors de quatre débats télévisés.
While Pecresse would drag Macron in the first round of April by 20% against her 23%, she would win a second second round of 52 points to 48, said the Elabe group survey published on Tuesday evening.
The poll marks the first time Macron, 43, has lost since the campaign began in earnest. He also underlines the threat Pecresse poses to far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who was previously seen as Macron’s closest rival.
A second poll carried out on Tuesday by the Ifop-Fiducial group showed that support for Pecresse also increased in the first round, albeit at a lower rate of 17%, and behind Macron in the second round from 48% to 52%.
Analysts point out that the French elections remain highly unpredictable, with voter sentiment changing rapidly as new candidates enter the race.
Far-right television scholar and author Eric Zemmour made a dramatic entrance into French politics in September, even eclipsing Le Pen in some polls, but his momentum has run out of steam, according to polls.
Macron has not yet officially declared his candidacy, but is expected to run for a second term by touting his record in terms of job creation and reforms in favor of companies, as well as his management of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Pecresse, 54, is the head of the Paris region and has described herself as a mix of Angela Merkel and Margaret Thatcher.
“The Republican right is back,” she said on Saturday, aiming to win the Republican presidency for the first time since Nicolas Sarkozy lost his candidacy for reelection in 2007.
Elabe’s online survey polled 1,474 people over the age of 18 on Monday and Tuesday, and has a margin of error of 1.2 to 3.1 percentage points. It was commissioned by the BFM TV channel and L’Express magazine.
The Ifop-Fiducial survey, carried out for the newspaper Le Figaro and the LCI channel, was conducted from Saturday to Monday among 1,503 people. The margin of error was 1.2 to 2.7 points.
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