Macron's lead narrows in French presidential election: polls

Macron's lead narrows in French presidential election: polls

Although some polls show his support recovering slightly with less than three weeks to the April 23 first round, he is well behind far-right leader Marine Le Pen and independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, who are tipped to go through to a May 7 run-off.

"I want the French people to decide after negotiations, whatever their results", she said, adding that she would respect the result even if voters chose to stay in the EU.

Fillon also said that Francois Baroin, a former finance minister, would be a "very good choice" for prime minister if he won election to the Elysee.

Dissatisfaction and outright hostility towards mainstream politics is high in France and surveys show around a third of voters plan to abstain, while around a third of likely voters say they have still not made up their minds.

Socialist Party candidate Benoit Hamon, unlikely to get beyond the election's first round, mocked Le Pen for "playing the victim".

"We need Europe", in terms of global competition, he said.

Mr Poutou was particularly outraged that both right-wing candidates can claim political immunity from prosecution if they are elected president, saying "ordinary workers don't have immunity" if they find themselves in trouble with the law.

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From an American perspective, Fillion and Macron represent the best choices to protect USA interests in Europe.

"At the end of the six months, it will be the French people who decide", she said, adding that this would allow France to see the outcome of elections in Germany and Italy too.

"Madame Le Pen, sorry to tell you, but you are using lies we hear for 40 years and we were hearing in your father's mouth", Macron retorted, a reference to the National Front's founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who repeatedly has been convicted of crimes based on anti-Semitism and racism.

Hitting back, Le Pen said "you shouldn't pretend to be something new when you are speaking like old fogy that are at least 50 years old".

It also is, for outsiders like right-winger Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, who has around 4-5 percentage points in opinion polls, and for five candidates who poll between 0 and 1 percent, a rare chance to step into the spotlight.

"I consider that in this election our civilisation is at stake", she said at the start of the debate, promising to restore order and combat "unfettered globalisation".

"The French understand that the stakes in this election are to reorient Europe" in view of globalisation and Britain's decision to quit the European Union, said Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, head of Debout la France (Rise Up France). He is accused of paying hundreds of thousands of euros to his family for work they did not do. And even if Le Pen fails to capitalise on her polling strength, we foresee populism continuing to dominate European political discourse for some years to come. "I find it deeply unjust because it creates a foreign priority on jobs".