Women voters in France give a boost to Marine Le Pen's hard-Right party - as country prepares for snap general election

Women have boosted support for Marine Le Pen's hard-Right party, a French poll suggested yesterday.

A third of women said they had voted for National Rally (RN) in the European Parliament elections earlier this month, compared with 21 per cent in the 2019 vote.

The level of support from women for the anti-immigration party bucks a trend that has seen men more likely to vote for hard-Right parties. It comes as France prepares for a snap general election ordered by president Emmanuel Macron after his party was humiliated in the European election.

French far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) leader Marine Le Pen poses for a selfie with a mother and child

French far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) leader Marine Le Pen poses for a selfie with a mother and child

Supporters with French national flags during a National Rally European election campaign event in Paris

Supporters with French national flags during a National Rally European election campaign event in Paris

A woman holding frenchs flags from a balcony at the grand Rassemblement National meeting with Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella

A woman holding frenchs flags from a balcony at the grand Rassemblement National meeting with Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella

The poll, for Les Echos newspaper, found that 33 per cent of women and 30 per cent of men had voted for the nationalist party. (Marine Le Pen leaves the voting booth on the day of the European Parliament election)

The poll, for Les Echos newspaper, found that 33 per cent of women and 30 per cent of men had voted for the nationalist party. (Marine Le Pen leaves the voting booth on the day of the European Parliament election)

His centrist Renaissance party won just 14.6 per cent of the vote, against almost 32 per cent for RN.

The poll, for Les Echos newspaper, found that 33 per cent of women and 30 per cent of men had voted for the nationalist party.

By contrast, the hard-Right Alternative for Germany party received support from 19 per cent of men and 12 per cent of women in the most recent European election.

If RN were to win France's two-round election on June 30 and July 7, it would form the first hard-Right government in the country's recent history. Commentators said it has sought to portray itself as defending women's rights while pursuing anti-Islam and anti-immigration policies.

But women's rights organisations have called on voters to 'stop the far-Right'.

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