France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National (RN) - formerly the National Front has been predicted to beat the current president Emmanuel Macron's REM party. It is the first time that Le Pen's political force is seen as a candidate to overtake the leading force,as suggested by an Ipsos poll.
The poll of 1,500 people was conducted on May 2-3, after Macron announced a series of proposals, including tax cuts worth 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion), in a bid to appease the "yellow vests" anti-government protest movement.
Macron's REM party would obtain 21.5 percent of the vote, the Ipsos poll for France Television and Radio France showed. On April 18-22, 23 percent of the people polled said they would vote for REM, against 22 percent for RN.
Dissatisfaction over slow economic growth, security threats posed by Islamist militants and a backlash against migration across open EU borders have boosted support for nationalists in many member states.
The RN and other eurosceptic anti-immigration parties in other EU states are planning to join forces after the EU parliamentary election, which is due on May 26.