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France's Macron says election not won, will fight to defeat Le Pen
April 25, 2017 / 5:51 PM / 5 months ago

France's Macron says election not won, will fight to defeat Le Pen

Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, attends a ceremony at a monument in memory of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces in 1915, in Paris, France, April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

PARIS (Reuters) - Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that he was not taking victory in France’s presidential election for granted and would fight to defeat far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

“Nothing is won. My battle is to defeat Marine Le Pen,” Macron told reporters after visiting a hospital west of Paris.

Macron, who has come under fire for acting as if victory next month was a given, was responding after a warning by President Francois Hollande that Le Pen’s advance into the May 7 run-off was not being taken seriously enough.

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Louise Ireland

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