French voters in the United Kingdom on both sides of the political spectrum have said they believe the presidential election could bring a “big change” to the nation in the form of a shift to the right, according to the PA.
People said in the election that they believed the centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron would keep his lead, but his far-right rival Marine Le Pen would win more seats when the Senate elections took place in June.
Both politicians were also leading candidates in the last elections in France in 2017, but polls suggest this year’s battle for the lead will be tighter.
Voter Lydia Rybacki, a nutritionist from Paris who has lived in Kensington for 48 years, said she believed President Macron would keep the lead, but that a potentially higher number of hard-line voters would lead to a “big change” in French politics.
Speaking in the polling station of the French consulate in Kensington, West London, she said her voice had changed since the last election and she believed Ms Le Pen had “improved” over the past five years.
But Agathe Duchiron, a 28-year-old Parisian, said she did not believe Mrs. Le Pen had changed.
Ms Duchiron, who lives in Bermondsey in south-east London, said: “She was very good at changing her image and it was a little disturbing to watch her from the outside. But I don’t think she changed her policy. which is a little worrying. “