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Voters uncertain 24 hours before first round of French presidential election

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 01:19

With some 24 hours left to pick their candidate in the first round of the French presidential election, voters in Paris say many issues will be difficult to solve regardless of who wins the tight race. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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On the eve of the first round of the French presidential election, voters on Saturday (April 22) expressed scepticism that any candidate could solve the issues they see themselves facing. The killing of a policeman by a suspected Islamist militant on Thursday (April 20) pushed national security to the top of the French political agenda. Far-right nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen has promised tougher immigration and border controls to beat "Islamist terrorism" if she is elected. Art historian Catherine said that would not change anything as for her as the issue was not whether or not we borders were closed but how France was able to deal with the issues at hand. American citizen Deborah Burn said she thought there was a similarity between Le Pen's and U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration and nationalism policy. Retiree Paul Polanski, 71, said he hoped the centrist Emmanuel Macron would be the next French president. "In November it was evident that it would be Fillon, but we discovered he was a thug," Polanski said, referring to conservative candidate Francois Fillon. Macron is set to come out on top in the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday (April 22) as far right leader Marine Le Pen fell further behind him in an Elabe poll published on Friday. However, neither is totally assured a spot in the May 7 runoff round as both conservative Francois Fillon and hard-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon were seen narrowing Macron and Le Pen's lead over them.

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Voters uncertain 24 hours before first round of French presidential election

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 01:19