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French Election: Macron Optimistic, Washington Fears Le Pen's Victory (Report)

Sat 09 Apr 2022 | 02:14 PM

The French presidential elections will kick off tomorrow, Sunday, in an atmosphere dominated by calm and suspense in the French street, while competition rages between 12 candidates led by outgoing President Emmanuel Macron, who has the best chance of qualifying, according to opinion polls, and his most prominent competitor, the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

Opinion polls show that Macron and Le Pen, who previously faced each other in the second round of the presidential elections in 2017, are the most likely to qualify again for the second round, scheduled for April 24.

The latest opinion poll showed that the gap between Macron and Le Pen in the presidential campaign race has narrowed to one point.

On his part, Macron expressed his confidence in winning the elections, telling RTL radio: "I have the spirit of victory, not the spirit of defeat," but added: "Nothing is ever taken for granted."

At the same time, Macron faces a great shock, after the Senate published a report revealing that a number of French ministries depended on international companies to provide advice in the elections on the part of his campaign, instead of resorting to local companies and French specialists.

France's National Financial Prosecutor's Office said an investigation into "money laundering and tax fraud" against US management consulting firm McKinsey began last week.

In the meantime, there is still uncertainty surrounding the boycott rate for this vote, whose results will be highly anticipated in Europe and abroad. It is feared that the level of the province in the first round will exceed the record rate recorded in 2002, which amounted to 28.4 percent, which is much higher than the rate recorded in 2017, which amounted to 22.2 percent.

On the other hand, the US newspaper "Politico" wrote that the United States feared Le Pen's victory in the elections, and quoted three unnamed officials in the US administration, that Le Pen's victory in the elections, from Washington's point of view, "could destabilize the Western alliance against Moscow."

The newspaper said that the White House began to fear that Putin will soon achieve his biggest victory in Paris.

Earlier, Le Pen said that the union between Russia and China would be a big problem for France. She believes that it is in France's interest to prevent Russia from getting closer to China.

"It is in France's interest to ensure that Russia, the world's largest country, does not come close to China, the world's most populous country... It is in France's interest that Russia, the world's largest producer of raw materials, does not unite with the world's largest manufacturer," she added.