French presidential foes take spin battle to tumble-drier factory

Nick Mcbride
April 27, 2017

After winning Sunday's contest with 24.1 per cent to Le Pen's 21.3 per cent, Macron gave an exuberant victory speech followed by a high-profile celebration at La Rotonde bistro in Paris, drawing criticism from some quarters.

Macron and Le Pen will face off in a live television debate on Wednesday, May 3, just four days before the second round of the election.

Marine Le Pen will go head-to-head with Emmanuel Macron in the second round round of the presidential election to determine who will be the next head of state in France. She has disavowed the party's anti-Semitic founder, her father, who advanced to the second round in 2002 presidential elections but then lost 80 percent to 20 percent.

French presidential contender Marine Le Pen said she is leaving her post as president of the far-right National Front Party to be a candidate for "all the French" ahead of a runoff election.

"When I hear Madame Le Pen's slogans, her tones and her gestures, I see a lot more brutality on her side than mine".

Wenger is a liberal who has always opposed the far-right Le Pen, and while he did not confirm that he would vote for Macron, he left little doubt over the matter. However, unlike Trump (whom she initially praised, and who waxed enthusiastic about her), Le Pen's economic program is nearly socialist in nature, aimed to woo economic "losers".

Kantor pointed out that Le Pen, who has temporarily stepped down as National Front leader, recently "made comments against the historic record of the Holocaust, which makes her no less unsafe than her Holocaust-denying father who she has tried to hide".

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"I chose to leave the presidency of the National Front, and I am no longer the President of the National Front".

The election is widely seen as a litmus test for the populist wave that past year prompted Britain to vote to leave the European Union and USA voters to elect Donald Trump president.

She said during the interview that there were "contacts" with some members of the conservative Républicains party and that she was also hoping to collaborate with other presidential candidates from smaller parties. The main reason for this is because of the extremes to which Le Pen has gone in promoting the French concept of Lacite, or secularism.

"If it wasn't for the euro, I think she'd have a chance", he told AFP.

Le Pen appeals to those who have been hurt by free trade agreements or automation.

Le Pen holds out a still starker comparison, saying French voters will be making a choice between "uncontrolled globalization and the nation".

A Harris poll published late on Tuesday showed that more than 60% of French people believed that Le Pen had begun her campaign better than Macron with more than 40% considering Macron's restaurant celebration a mistake.

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