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Macron stretches lead as French presidential campaign enters final day

Friday, May 05, 2017 - 01:13

Centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron extended his lead in the polls over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen on Friday, the final day of the French presidential campaign. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen conducted a frantic last day of campaigning Friday (May 5) in France's presidential race. The election is seen as the most important in France for decades with two diametrically opposed views of Europe and France's place in the world at stake. According to an Elabe poll for BFM TV and L'Express, Macron will get 62 per cent of the votes in the second round compared to 38 per cent for Le Pen, an increase of three points for the centrist candidate compared to his projected score in the last Elabe poll. Macron's strong showing in the televised debate on Wednesday (May 3) and another poll this week, which showed his 'En Marche!' political movement as likely to emerge as the biggest party in the June legislative elections, have lifted the mood among investors who had worried about the upheaval a Le Pen victory could cause.

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Macron stretches lead as French presidential campaign enters final day

Friday, May 05, 2017 - 01:13