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Marine Le Pen is gaining on Emmanuel Macron

Monday, May 01, 2017 - 02:07

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen tells supporters she is counting on them and to ''stay free'' by denying Emmanuel Macron the presidency. Report by Pascale Davies.

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Many more voters have come waving French flags and cheering in support of the National Front's Marine Le Pen in her bid for the presidency. With the latest polls predicting she's gaining ground on presidential front runner Emmanuel Macron. Clawing back about five percentage points over the past week, to hold 39 per cent of the vote - against her rival's 61 percent. On Monday she promised a different France if elected president next Sunday. (SOUNDBITE)(French) FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, MARINE LE PEN, SAYING: "Our government will not be the government of continuity but of change. Our government will not be the government of ambitions but of beliefs. Our government will not be the government of words but of action." Although she has tried to distance herself from her father, founder of the National Front- Jean-Marie Le Pen's image On Monday, while paying tribute to Joan of arc, he said his daughter is the daughter of France has a similar mission to the heroine in fighting for the country. He also slammed Emmanuel Macron (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH FAR-RIGHT NATIONAL FRONT FOUNDER AND FATHER OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MARINE LE PEN, JEAN-MARIE LE PEN, SAYING: Macron is another Hollande. He talks to us about a future, but he has no children. He talks to us about workers, but he's a former Rothschild banker. He wants to boost the economy, but he's part of those who blew it up. How can he and his accomplices act tomorrow with what they were not able, nor wanted, to do yesterday. This lazy elitist created and promoted by the media cannot be France's head of state." Meanwhile, at the same time and a few hundred meters away from Jean Marie Le Pen- Macron was Paying tribute to a young Moroccan man who drowned in the Seine 22 years ago after being pushed into the river by skinheads on the fringes of the National Front's traditional May Day rally. It's the latest attempt by Macron, a pro-Europe centrist, to remind voters of what he and other critics see as the National Front's racist and anti-Semitic legacy.

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Marine Le Pen is gaining on Emmanuel Macron

Monday, May 01, 2017 - 02:07