Poll suggests French conservative Pecresse will face Macron in 2022 presidential runoff

Valérie Pecresse, head of the Paris Ile-de-France region and candidate for the right-wing Les Républicains (LR) party in the 2022 French presidential election, attends a meeting following a closed-door session with officials party, in Paris, France, December 11, 2021. REUTERS / Benoit Tessier

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PARIS, December 18 (Reuters) – A new poll has shown that French conservative Valérie Pécresse is the likely challenger to President Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the April 2022 presidential elections.

The Ipsos / Sopra Steria poll showed that Pecresse – who won his Les Républicains party primary at the start of the month to be his candidate – won 17% of the voting intentions in the first round, behind 25.5% for Macron, but up 10 points from an October poll. Read more

The two candidates who obtained the most votes in the first round on April 10 will move on to the second round on April 24.

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Eric Zemmour, the far-right personality of the TV talk show, who had finished second behind Macron in several polls of first-round voting intentions this fall, saw his share of first-round intentions drop to 14, 5% against 16% in October.

That placed him on par with far-right Rassemblement national party leader Marine Le Pen, who also slipped to 14.5% from 16%.

The leader of the Greens Yannick Jadot and the far left Jean-Luc Melenchon come far behind, each with 8.5% of the voting intentions.

The survey of more than 10,000 people was carried out via the Internet from December 7 to 13.

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Reporting by Geert De Clercq Editing by Mark Potter

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