A German Newspaper reports:
An opinion poll in France found that right-wing politician Marine Le Pen would defeat President Nicholas Sarkozy, Le Parisien reported on Saturday, March 5.
The poll results, to be published in the Sunday edition of the French daily, showed the 42-year-old leader of the Front National party would receive 23 percent of the vote in the first of the two rounds of presidential elections due to occur in France next year.
Center-right Sarkozy would only receive 21 percent of the vote according to the poll.
"This poll makes me believe that Nicolas Sarkozy will lose this presidential election," Marine Le Pen said at a news conference in northern France.
Part of Le Pen's platform so far has included comparing Muslims in France to an occupying force. Meanwhile, Sarkozy has initiated a national debate on the role of Islam in France, a move that some feel is designed to neutralize Le Pen.
No margin of error was published for the poll, conducted between Feb. 28 and March 3 with 1,618 people aged 18 and up.
France's next presidential elections are set for May 2012.
It would be huge if Marine Le Pen was elected President of France. I'm not aware of anyone in the last 60 years being elected head of a European state as restrictionist on immigration as she is, and certainly nobody has ever been elected head of an EU member on a platform of pulling out of the European Union.
"She [Marine Le Pen] echoes traditional FN calls to halt immigration, wrest French sovereignty back from the European Union, restore the death penalty for certain crimes and practice "national preference" to reserve jobs, financial aid and public housing for French citizens over foreigners..." -Time MagazineGiven that the EU is an entity which was brought into existence by a coalition of French and German financial elites, there's reason to think losing France would lead to the EU's demise.