Le Pen insists National Rally will still win big in French elections despite slip in polls

Marine Le Pen has hit back at opinion polls suggesting her National Rally (RN) is losing its lead in this weekend's legislative election runoff, saying the far-right party still had the capacity to secure an absolute majority in the French parliament.

The centrist forces of President Emmanuel Macron and a broad-left wing coalition have withdrawn over 200 candidates from the runoff on Sunday in a joint effort to ensure the far-right National Rally is defeated.

While the RN was ahead in the popular vote in the 30 June first round, a poll published Wednesday predicted it would now fall well short of an absolute majority in the National Assembly.

Speaking to BFMTV, Le Pen said: "I think there is still the capacity to have an absolute majority with the electorate turning out in a final effort to get what they want."

"I say turn out to vote as it's a really important moment to get a change in politics in all the areas that are making you suffer right now," she added.

Posting on X, Le Pen wrote: "We have the capacity to win an absolute majority. I call on the French people to mobilise on Sunday, to obtain a change of policy in all the areas where they are currently suffering".

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