Marine Le Pen's presidency bid could be boosted by 'shy voters'
Bobby Vedral, the global head of Goldman Sachs’ MarketStrats group, told investors that “political correctness leads people to lie in the polls”, in the wake of Donald Trump’s shock election win and the last year’s Brexit vote.
In an email to customers, Mr Vedral said the market was too complacent ahead of the upcoming French election after a number of polls suggested a big proportion of French voters are yet to make up their minds about who to vote for.
With Le Pen expected to come second to centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, Mr Vedral wrote: "while the base case is that she won't [win], it is at best naive, at worst negligent to assume she can't."
He suggested French voters may avoid opting for Le Pen in the polls because they don’t want to admit to backing her, but warned: “Populist candidates benefit from the 'shy vote.'"
Le Pen was joined by staff and supporters on stage at a Lille rally on Sunday
The strategist suggested if two-thirds of undecided voters choose Le Pen, her chances of winning would receive a huge boost.
With just weeks to go before the first round of voting in the French election, Le Pen and Macron appear the two most likely candidates to make it through the final head-to-head voting round in May.
At a campaign rally in Lille on Sunday, Le Pen branded Macron the “Jean-Claude Van Damme of politics” in a scathing attack on her main rival.
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Marine Le Pen gestures after a press conference focused on the theme 'France's international policy in a multipolar world'
She told the audience: "In general one does not understand anything what he says and what he wants, but when one understands what he says, it is rather disturbing."
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Macron previously suggested their was an absence of culture in France when he claimed: "The homelands are always defended by the beggars and delivered by the rich.”
But Le Pen seized on his blunder and claimed Macron is a “candidate for whom there is no French culture”, adding: "What ignorance, what sufficiency!"
After attacking past French presidents for ignoring the interests of the French people, she told the Lille audience that she was the only true antiestablishment candidate.
Denouncing the financial interests of chief rivals Macron and Francois Fillon, she said: “I am a free woman who has no need to refer to anyone, who has no media or big boss to thank.”