French election countdown: Macron 'ahead' but Le Pen fights on

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 6, 2017

At a rally Monday in Paris, Le Pen went off on an ode to France's geography, and how it links the country to cultures from around the world from "the enormous Hispanic and Latin world" to "Italy our sister", and then boasted about how people from Mexico to Shanghai seek to learn French. "I want a free people".

So I will vote for him.

The far-right National Front's (FN) Marine Le Pen will face neoliberal Emmanuel Macron under his En Marche!

"I will fight up until the very last second not only against her programme but also her idea of what constitutes democracy and the French Republic", he told reporters.

Mr Dupont-Aignan shocked many by agreeing to be Ms Le Pen's prime minister if she wins the presidency.

As reported by The Financial Times, Marine Le Pen was expected to lose the May 7 run-off, but 55% of manual labourers say they will vote for her, according to Ifop, a pollster. Then-party leader Jean-Marie Le Pen sought to distance himself from the attackers, but the death drew national outrage. She expelled him in 2015 after he reiterated anti-Semitic comments.

The violent protesters were not carrying union paraphernalia or anything linked to the French electoral campaign, appearing to be from fringe groups, which have targeted anti-government protests in the past. "Go and convince (others), make her lose next Sunday".

Speaking at a convention centre in northern Paris, Macron, however, said Le Pen "had fed off worry and hate for years".

"Since December French people thought they had gotten rid of Francois Hollande, that President so hated by the French people, that president who failed France, that president who never presided for the people".

Immediately after being eliminated in the first-round vote, Mr Fillon called for his supporters to back her centrist rival, Emmanuel Macron.

The candidates verbally attacked each other at May Day rallies.

The National Front has been dogged by accusations of Holocaust denial throughout the campaign.

In July 2016, as Donald Trump secured his place as the Republican candidate in the U.S. presidential election, his wife Melania was accused of plagiarising the then-First Lady, Michelle Obama. She calls Macron a member of the "oligarchy" that she says has turned France into a servant of European Union bureaucrats, ruined the economy and destroyed its culture with "massive immigration" that also endangers society by failing to crack down on Islamic fundamentalists.

Cheers of "Marine, president!" and anti-immigrant chants rose up in the crowd of thousands.

The presidential hopeful added that if he were to allow the European Union to continue to function as it was, it would be a "betrayal". "Macron (equals) Louis XVI, Le Pen (equals) Le Pen", read another.

Le Pen called Macron the candidate of "the caviar left" and "moralizing snobbery" and warned that his pro-business policies wouldn't create jobs but send them overseas and leave French workers hungry.

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