From the European Union to Trump, the world reacts to French vote

Trevor Jackson
May 1, 2017

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he will vote for centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron in France's May 7 presidential runoff because the platform of far-right leader Marine Le Pen would bring about "very serious consequences" for the country.

Having said that, the election has exposed some deep divisions in the French polity.

Meanwhile, Macron's party spokesman has challenged Le Pen on her claim to being the anti-establishment candidate, taking on the country's elites.

However, we remain hopeful of Macron's message of positive politics that includes diversity and open borders.

A move which appeared to be aimed at appealing to a wider range of potential voters, Le Pen announced she was temporarily stepping down as Front National leader in order to focus on her campaign.

Macron was in Amiens, his home town, to try to counter accusations that he had made a complacent start to campaigning for the presidential run-off on May 7.

The report has some interesting implications for the Euro should there be an underlying shift in Le Pen's chance of winning the 2nd round.

However, since Sunday Le Pen has been on the offensive.

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During Le Pen's unannounced visit to the factory, where she had been met with enthusiasm, she accused Macron of protecting the interests of oligarchs.

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.

French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine le Pen waits before a national homage to slain police officer Xavier Jugele, in the courtyard of the Paris Police headquarters, Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

Note these are projected percentages as the counting is still underway i.e. the final gap between Macron and Le Pen will likely tighten and may even reverse by the time all of the votes have been counted.

French judges have asked European lawmakers to remove immunity of the National Front candidate, who is a member of the EU legislature, to allow further investigation into allegations she abuse of funds to pay for party assistants.

"Only the defeated far-left candidate, Jean-Luc Melenchon, pointedly refused to endorse Macron, saying he needed to consult his base first", The Guardian says.

But Le Pen is hoping to peel away voters historically opposed to her National Front Party, long tainted by racism and anti-Semitism.

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