Paris, France. Over half of the registered French electorate want a vote on whether France should be a member of the European Union, “Fifty-four percent favor holding a referendum on EU membership. However, 72 percent are opposed to exiting the euro to return to the franc,” Citi said in its French 2017 elections: Who will gain momentum in the final stretch? report.
The figures were taken from an Elabe survey, conducted online on March 7 and 8 in France among 1,001 people.The leader of the Front National Marine Le Pen has pledged to hold a French referendum on leaving the European Union and the single currency within six months of becoming president. Some independent polls now show her as poised to pull off a surprise victory, much as Donald Trump did in the US 2016 presidential elections.
With only a few weeks to go until the first round of the French presidential elections, it seems clear that the French voters are dissatisfied with European politics. Observers see a good chance this dissatisfaction and overall anti EU-sentiment will boost the chances of the far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
French political experts are now discarding projections showing Le Pen has little chance of such a surprise victory. “Furthermore, the political pendulum has shifted to the Right in the last few years,” Citi said, adding that “the race for second place in the first round is highly uncertain.”