July 4, 2022

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'Hallmarks of defeat' Andrew Neil points warning to Macron over Frexit marketing campaign transfer

The veteran broadcaster mentioned there was “little or no mileage for the French President in bigging up the EU”. Mr Neil added France is a “much more eurosceptic nation” than many individuals realise.

The previous BBC presenter’s feedback come as centrist Mr Macron is dealing with far-right candidate Marine Le Pen within the second spherical of the French presidential election.

Mr Neil mentioned: “It’s Mr Macron’s to lose. I might nonetheless have him as favorite.

“However the best way he is campaigning might properly have the hallmarks of defeat.

“He has tried now to place this as a Frexit challenge. France’s model of Brexit.

“And I do not suppose that issues an excessive amount of with the French individuals.

“I do not suppose it cuts by way of, significantly with the form of voters he wants to draw.

“France doesn’t have a majority for leaving the EU however it’s a much more eurosceptic nation than the Brits realise.”

Talking on Spectator TV, Mr Neil added: “I imply let’s not overlook that in 2005 the French voted in opposition to the EU structure by 55 to 45 in a referendum.

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Mr Macron mentioned: “This election is a referendum on Europe.

“Marine Le Pen is speaking garbage when she says wouldn’t pay [the EU’s] payments and that she’s going to change the foundations on her personal.

“[Le Pen] desires to go away however she doesn’t dare say so.”

Ms Le Pen beforehand mentioned she wished France to comply with Britain out of the EU.

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However she has softened her stance and now insists she desires to reform the bloc from inside.

A ballot on Saturday by Vote-Ipsos-Sopra Steria suggests Mr Macron is on track to win the election with 55.5 p.c when France takes to the polls for the run-off on April 24.