Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Chasing pair Fillon, Melenchon level as French election nears

Chasing pair Fillon, Melenchon level as French election nears

The two-round presidential election is set for April 23 and May 7.

Former President Barack Obama spoke on the phone Thursday with French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, hinting at his support just days ahead of French presidential voting Sunday.

Demonstartors march behind a banner as they stage a protest against the far-right Front National (FN) in Marseille on April 19, 2017 in a reszponse to the campaign meeting in the city of the French presidential election candidate for the Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen.

Le Pen dismissed as "folly" government statements that France, which has been subjected to multiple deadly attacks in recent years, must be prepared to live with the threat of terrorism. In Marseille. She reiterated her plan to expel all foreigners in a suspect file and strip dual national suspects of their French nationality.

In the second round, Mr Macron would defeat Ms Le Pen by 64 per cent to 36 per cent, according to Opinionway, which also says Mr Fillon would defeat Ms Le Pen 58 per cent to 42 per cent.

Macron, a centrist option among the four most prominent candidates on the ballot Sunday, started his own movement, En Marche!, in an attempt to hold elected office for the first time. Hamon, the Socialist, trailed in fifth.

“All the more so since I consider that the European Union has done a great deal of harm to our country and to our people, be it in economic matters, in social matters, or in the matter of the disappearance of borders.

Ms Le Pen said she only wanted the French flag behind her in the shot.

“What is at stake in this election is the continuity of France as a free nation, our existence as a people, ” she said in February 2017.

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