Le Pen upstages rival Macron with stop at factory

by Ben Pena May 7, 2017, 13:08
Le Pen upstages rival Macron with stop at factory

Needing millions more votes to beat Macron in France's May 7 presidential runoff, she has been hammering hard her claims that more French jobs would be lost overseas under Macron's more economically liberal program.

Macron won the first round of the elections held on Sunday with 24.01 percent of the vote, followed by Le Pen with 21.3 percent.

He was referring to comments made by Le Pen earlier this month when she denied that France was responsible for rounding up more than 13,000 Jews at a Paris cycle track to be sent to Nazi death camps during the Holocaust.

Meanwhile Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist candidate who came in first in Sunday's first round or elections, attracted supported from many of his erstwhile rivals.

Le Pen has toned down the extreme anti-Semitism and xenophobia associated with her party, the National Front. "I will be above partisan considerations", she said.

However, it's 88-year-old founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen, criticised his daughter and said he would have campaigned differently.

Analysts say the fact that opinion polls had consistently predicted a Macron-Le Pen run-off could boost market confidence because the polls suggest Macron should easily win the second round.

He said the Kremlin had not taken sides in the French election.

French far-right leader and candidate in the presidential election Marine Le Pen smiles after getting a haircut in Paris on Monday. Le Pen advanced in Sunday's first-round vote
Le Pen upstages rival Macron with stop at factory

Numerous voters who spoke to The Canadian Press said they weren't overly enthusiastic about Macron but believed he would eliminate Le Pen in the second round.

While the Républicains' official line is "not to vote Le Pen", Christian Estrosi, head of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, where the FN is very strong, said any members failing to clearly call for a Macron vote should be "excluded".

Macron has a commanding poll lead, with some surveys putting him about 25 points ahead of Le Pen.

The Republican candidate, Francois Fillon, received 20 percent of the vote, doomed by his somewhat grim mien as well as shady behavior in his record. They will face off in a second round on May 7.

Mainstream politicians in France and across Europe have been quick to throw their backing behind Emmanuel Macron.

Without referring explicitly to Le Pen, Boubakeur added that French citizens must comprehend the "threat embodied by xenophobic ideas unsafe to our cohesion". However, since she announced she was temporally distancing herself from the National Front her odds have been cut to as short as 4/1.

But Macron is the favourite to win the elections.

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