French Stocks Soar to Near-Decade Highs as Macron Tops Poll

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Marine Le Pen, National Front political party candidate for French 2017 presidential election, visits the meat pavilion at the Rungis worldwide food market, near Paris, during her campaign, France, Tuesday, Apri. "We need a presidency that acts and protects us", she said.

On Sunday, Macron and Le Pen emerged as the two top contenders in the first round of the election, set to face each other in the run-off on May 7.

The French term she used signalled that the move to step aside would be temporary.

"I haven't", Macron told reporters after his first campaign trip since Sunday.

Le Pen expressed her intentions about immigrants during her presidential program presentation, which took place on February 5 in Lyon, saying that she is the only candidate who can protect her country from Islamic extremism.

The National Front leader is facing pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron in the May 7 presidential runoff. "I am the presidential candidate", Le Pen said on Monday. After all, a few months ago, Francois Fillon, the candidate from the center-right Les Republicains, was favorite to succeed Hollande before a scandal involving his wife's employment status derailed his campaign.

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The polling average line looks at the five most recent national polls and takes the median value, ie, the value between the two figures that are higher and two figures that are lower. They called on French voters to back him in the second round against the far-right Marine Le Pen.

The ideological battle lines are clear. Nothing in his programme, she said in her TV interview, suggested he had one iota of love for France; she, by contrast, is the patriot.

The other line of attack is to play up his past associations with President François Hollande.

Critics say her tactics would range from unconstitutional to inhumane, and they warn that the financial panic unleashed by any attempt to leave the European Union would knock down her already-struggling supporters. So vote for me.

She says that the tide of history is on her side, pointing to the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the election of President Trump as signs that voters around the world are rejecting globalization and immigration.

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But if her father was willing to give up ballot-box success in the name of ideological purity, Le Pen has proven a far more adept politician.

"My question is if Russian Federation calls one of the candidates a hope of the generation, will it be accused of interfering in French elections?"

He said that the far-right would "deeply divide France" at a time when the terror threat requires "solidarity" and "cohesion".

"The Rotonde was a mistake", Dominique Wolton, a political communication specialist at French research institute CNRS.

He still supports her candidacy in the presidential runoff on May 7 against centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron but he and his daughter have had strong political disagreements along the way.

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