Macron stretches lead as French presidential campaign enters final day

Macron Source: Official Leweb Photos

Centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron extended his lead in the polls over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen on Friday, the final day of a tumultuous election campaign that has turned the country’s politics upside down.

The election is seen as the most important in France for decades with two diametrically opposed views of Europe and France’s place in the world at stake.
Le Pen told RTL radio she was confident she possessed the backing of the people and that Macron’s programme was one of “social deconstruction”.

According to an Elabe poll for BFM TV and L’Express, Macron will get 62 per cent of the votes in the second round compared to 38 per cent for Le Pen, an increase of three points for the centrist candidate compared to his projected score in the last Elabe poll.

Macron’s strong showing in a debate on Wednesday and another poll this week that showed his En Marche! (Onwards!) political movement was likely to emerge as the biggest party in the June legislative elections have lifted the mood among investors who had worried about the upheaval a Le Pen victory could cause.

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France Election: EU Must Reform Or Face ‘Frexit’ – Macron

Macron Source: Official Leweb Photos

Pro-EU centrist, Emmanuel Macron, has said that the European Union (EU) must reform or face the prospect of “Frexit”.

The front-runner in the French presidential election made the comments as he and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen enters the last week of campaigning.

Ms Le Pen has capitalised on Anti-EU feeling, promising a referendum on France’s membership.

She won support in rural and former industrial areas by promising to retake control of France’s borders from the EU and slash immigration.

French Elections: Le Pen Steps Aside As National Front Leader

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Marine Le Pen, the far-right French Presidential candidate has announced that she is stepping aside as the leader of her National Front (FN) party.

The move comes just a day after she reached the second round of the French election, where she would face centrist, Emmanuel Macron.

Le Pen told the media that she is taking this decision because she needs to be above partisan considerations.

Opinion polls suggested Mr Macron is firm favourite for the second round but Mrs Le Pen said that she is confident of victory.