Macron beseeches France not to choose ‘Thatcher or Trotsky’ as presidential race enters final week

17 Apr

At her rally, Ms Le Pen re-formulated her oft-cited claim that the presidential election pits “patriots against globalisers”, saying: What’s at stake in this campaign is civilisation – either a French vision, or a post-national vision.”

Promising an “immediate moratorium on legal immigration”, she said: “Mass immigration is not an opportunity for France, it’s a tragedy for France.”

A daily Opinionway poll on Monday put Mr Macron and Ms Le Pen neck and neck in the first round of voting at 22 percent, with Mr Fillon at their heals on 21 percent followed by Mr Mélenchon on 18 percent.

Mr Macron was seen beating the far-Right leader in the May 7 runoff by 64 per cent to 36.

But a separate Elabe survey for L’Express magazine suggested Mr Macron had consolidate his lead on 24 per cent – up half a percentage point in a week –  with Ms Le Pen also slightly up on 23 percent.

Mr Fillon’s share of the first-round vote was forecast to slip to 19.5 percent, with Mr Mélenchon on 18 per cent.

Speaking after the Macron event, Michel Hascoet, 59, a businessman from Joinville-Le-Pont, predicted the race would go down to the wire. “I dare to hope that people will take into account the importance of France remaining in Europe, as the only candidate who is truly European is Macron.

“But many people will only make up their minds in the polling booth,” he said.

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