Monday, 20 August, 2018

Sarkozy to vote for Macron in French runoff

Ellis Copeland | 03 May, 2017, 02:36

The sitting President wasn't even in the race and all the candidates of mainstream parties were routed in the first round of the French presidential election.

The National Front leader is facing pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron in the May 7 presidential runoff.

Marine Le Pen, National Front political party candidate for French 2017 presidential election, poses for a selfie with employees as she visits the Rungis worldwide food market, near Paris, France, during her cam...

Before his exit, Mr Fillon derided Mr Macron's stated aim of being neither left- nor right-wing, pointing to the ex-banker's time as economy minister in the Socialist government of outgoing President Francois Hollande. The percentage of under-35 voters to have left school without a diploma has a heavy 60 percent correlation to Le Pen's scores. http://tmsnrt.rs/2q1PVb0 In statistics, correlation is measured between zero and 100 percent - the higher the count the closer the link.

Needing millions more votes to beat Macron in the runoff, Le Pen hammered home her arguments that more French jobs would be lost overseas under Macron's more economically liberal program.

"Honestly, the unsafe situation in which Jews in France live is such that those who walk with a kippah are in any case a minority because they are afraid", Le Pen said. In an interview in late January, Ms. Le Pen described Macron as an "ideal" candidate to face off with.

Macron's discussions with union leaders from the Whirlpool plant in northern France, a region where his anti-European Union opponent Marine Le Pen got the most votes, is not without risk.

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She and Macron survived the first round of voting on Sunday, and will now go head to head in a run-off, slated for May 7.

Le Pen said on TF1 TV on Tuesday that "there is a revolt of the people against the elite" seen in Britain's Brexit vote and in the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. Far-right expert Nonna Mayer at Sciences Po university said a Le Pen victory was not impossible, "but it seems unlikely that she will carry the second round".

Though Le Pen has taken many concrete steps to distance herself and her party from her father's racist ideology, similarities between the two still remain.

Le Pen who established the National Front Party and was later on expelled from it by his daughter who scored second place in the French presidential elections, strongly criticized his daughter's campaign.

He also criticized Le Pen for proposing that the French state take a share in the plant if needed.

Le Pen will hold a rally in the Riviera city of Nice on Wednesday, a bastion of France's right that was targeted by a jihadist-inspired truck attack that killed 86 people in July.

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