France's far-right National Rally hits stride in polls

France's far-right National Rally party and its allies are still on track to lead the first round of the country's parliamentary elections with 35.5 of the vote, polling shows.

The Ipsos survey - conducted for Le Parisien newspaper and Radio France on Wednesday and Thursday - showed the left-wing New Popular Front alliance in second place with 29.5 of the vote.

President Emmanuel Macron's centrist alliance was third, with 19.5 per cent of votes.

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Polling shows France's leftist New Popular Front alliance on 29.5 of the vote ahead of the election. (AP PHOTO)

The turnout rate is forecast at between 60 and 64 per cent, which would be up from 47.5 per cent at the last general election in June 2022.

The National Rally's lead in polls ahead of the election that will take place in two rounds, on June 30 and July 7, is unlikely to win the party an absolute majority.

Macron called the ballot after his alliance's crushing defeat at EU elections earlier this month.

In a separate Ipsos survey, published by the Financial Times, the National Rally was seen as the most trustworthy when it came to managing the economy and public finances.

According to the survey, 25 per cent of respondents trusted Marine Le Pen's National Rally the most to make the right decisions on economic issues, versus 22 per cent for the New Popular Front and 20 per cent for Macron's alliance.