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Macron, Le Pen exchange May Day blows

Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 01:40

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron accuses Marine Le Pen's National Front of being ''anti-France'' in a blistering attack on his far-right rival. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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Entering the final days of an increasingly bitter race for the French presidency. Centrist frontrunner Emmanuel Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen both holding May Day rallies. Using the opportunity to attack each other's vision of France and the role it should play in Europe Macron labelling the Nation Front as the anti-France party. And says the battle will be hard and violent over the coming days and even weeks. Stating it's not just the intellectual, political and moral heritage of France at stake but also the future of a united Europe. Two opinion polls show the former economy minister winning 59 and 61 percent of the vote on Sunday (May 7). A lead Le Pen is desperate to claw back. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, MARINE LE PEN, SAYING: "The reality is simple, clear: Emmanuel Macron is just Francois Hollande who wants to stick around, and is clinging onto power like a barnacle. Emmanuel Macron means it's Francois Hollande who will continue to run politics in this country. Well this outgoing candidate, we're going to get him out!" But this is one group whose vote Le Pen won't be receiving. About 30-thousand people turning out at the annual May Day protest in Paris, united in their opposition to the National Front candidate. Although some say they also don't trust Macron. Sunday's vote will take place in the middle of a long weekend in France and is widely seen as the country's most important election in decades.

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Macron, Le Pen exchange May Day blows

Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 01:40