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Could EU election act as a referendum against Macron?

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Could EU election act as a referendum against Macron?

Could EU election act as a referendum against Macron?

Are you in favor or against Emmanuel Macron?

This is what's at stake in the May 26 European Elections, says Jordan Bardella, the 23-year old heading the list of far-right party National Rally, which was formerly named the National Front.

Saskia O'Donoghue reports

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Could EU election act as a referendum against Macron?

Could French president Emmanuel Macron be on the way out?

It's a definite if you ask Jordan Bardella of the National Rally - formerly National Front - party.

He's the 23 year old rising star of the far-right group - and says Macron's presidency is at risk when the May 26 European Elections arrive.

Speaking to Reuters, Bardella said the French largely feel snubbed by their leaders and that they should use the upcoming EU elections as a referendum against the French president's policies.

The elections will appoint members of parliament who will legislate for the European Union.

And France is in crisis.

For more than two months its government have been facing the "yellow vests" crisis that has seen frequent violent protests.

They began demonstrating in November against fuel taxes and the high cost of living.

Polls showed late last year that MariNe Le Pen's far-right would come out in first position in the EU elections with some 20 percent of the votes.

But it's not that straightforward.

The "yellow vests" have decided to throw their hat into the ring for the elections too.

And they could prove to be a disruptive force, stealing votes from the far-right and so inadvertently helping Macron.

During the 2014 EU elections, the National Front came first with 24.6 percent of the votes, clinching 24 seats in Strasbourg.

The party has taken a battering since then though.

Especially as Le Pen's party lost the second round of the 2017 French presidential elections against Macron.

They've now become a little less severe in their politics - dropping a plan to try to call a referendum on leaving the EU and to drop the single currency.

But they remain eurosceptics.

Bardella hopes to, quote, "restore national sovereignty" along with its far-right partners in Europe - and get rid of the European Commission.




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