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Macron and Le Pen trade blows ahead of French election

Kenny Thornton | 10 May, 2017, 14:33

One May Day march in Paris was disrupted Monday as scores of hooded youths threw firebombs at riot police in full gear, who responded with tear gas and truncheons.

France's centrist presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen traded campaign blows on May Day, a week before they face off in the country's presidential election.

Six police officers were left injured after clashes between protesters throwing petrol bombs in Paris.

Some factions are going against their leadership to call for members to vote "neither (for Ms Le Pen) nor (for Mr Macron)" - seen by many leftists as an enemy of the worker.

Ms Le Pen was praised by her 88-year-old father Jean-Marie, the co-founder of her National Front party whom she expelled in 2015 after he reiterated anti-Semitic comments.

Florian Philippot was asked in a radio interview what currency shoppers would be using under a Le Pen presidency to buy their traditional loaf of bread.

But for Babin, his private sector experience is a breath of fresh air in a jaded political system, whose two main parties crashed out of the election in the first round.

But Nastassja Naguszewski, 28, who works in local government, said: "You have to put Le Pen as low as possible".

"The old attitude of not arguing with extremists because they don't commit to republican values has only fed a monster of populism and made it look as if the establishment refuses to engage".

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"An away match is a rather widespread voting technology, and here leader of the En Marche movement (Macron) is not unique", the senator said.

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Less than a week before Sunday's runoff, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron are holding separate rallies Monday.

Macron was to speak later at a modern convention centre near the La Villette science park in northeastern Paris as he seeks to highlight his appeal as a future-oriented innovator.

"I am against Macron, but the most urgent thing is to stop the Front National from winning".

"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.

"It's a choice between France and finance", Dupont-Aignan said in a jibe at Macron.

Vignaud admitted that Macron had "messed up" the start of his second-round campaign, appearing "quite arrogant at a time when, given he is facing Le Pen, he needs to show gravitas". Later, he stated that it "was a nod to a short touching passage on a speech on France, of a uniting candidate who is not sectarian".


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