French professor and historian François Durpaire claims that a victory for anti-mass migration presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is possible due to the lack of enthusiasm for her globalist opponent Emmanuel Macron.
According to Professor Durpaire, the results could shock many in France and across the world despite Macron currently leading in the polls. He claimed the current election showed a great mobilisation for Macron in the first round, but in the second round, he is increasingly failing to motivate voters, French broadcaster France Bleu reports.
Durpaire compared the current presidential race to the election in 2002 in which then-Front National leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, the father of Marine Le Pen, shocked France by getting to the second round against Jacques Chirac. The second round saw a great mobilisation of voters against the elder Le Pen who lost the contest managing to get only 17 per cent of the vote.
“We could well have an upside down April 21, 2002, with a strong mobilisation in the 1st round [followed by] demobilisation in the second,” Durpaire told the broadcaster Monday.
In 2015, the historian had predicted a Marine Le Pen presidency through a graphic novel entitled Le Presidente, the third volume of which was released in March of this year. In the graphic novel, Durpaire looks at how a Le Pen presidency would interact with U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin also predicting riots and trouble in France.
Durpaire also noted the traditional right wing conservative party, the Republicans, are not as united today against Le Pen as they were against her father in 2002. “The Republican front does not work like it did fifteen years ago,” he said.
The professor also brought up the uncertainty of how supporters of far left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon will cast their ballots as very few of them support the globalist policies of Emmanuel Macron.
Mélenchon campaigned on a protectionist economic platform and the only other candidate offering similar economic policies is Ms. Le Pen, though she has not gone as far as his proposed 90 per cent tax on the wealthy.
At her final rally in Villepinte, Le Pen called Macron the “continuity candidate” saying that he would just continue the unpopular policies of his former boss François Hollande.
“Will Emmanuel Macron appear as the former minister of François Hollande or will he be able to embody the rupture with the one who launched him in politics?” Durpaire said. He noted that “it was this hidden referendum that made Hillary Clinton lose and which offered victory to Donald Trump in the United States”.
The big moment that could decide the election, Durpaire said, will be the upcoming televised debate Wednesday evening.
Durpaire is not the only academic sounding the potential of a Le Pen victory. Last week, French physicist Serge Galam said the numbers added up for a Le Pen win due to a lack of motivation amongst Macron supporters.
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