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Early French Presidential Polls Show Macron In Double Digit Lead

27 April 2017, 03:55 | Kelvin Horton

On Sunday, May 7, French voters will head to the polls for the final round of the presidential election.

Centrist Emmanuel Macron is still favourite to be elected the new President and can be backed at 1/6 to win the second round of voting.

Speaking of her regrets on the issue of her election campaign, the far-right candidate said she does not have any major regrets, but wishes to have campaigned in small French villages more frequently.

May 7's big fight is seen as a contest between globalism, representing liberal values, and a sense of nationalism that has gained currency in the United States as well as India.

In fact, for each 1,000-euro drop in the median income in a given area, Le Pen scored almost two extra percentage points, according to a Reuters calculation using results and data from the Social Affairs Ministry.

However, since Sunday Le Pen has been on the offensive. Her popularity has already outstripped that of her father, who stood in the 2002 presidential race.

Meanwhile, Martin Schulz, Germany's Social Democrat candidate and former president of the European Parliament, said he hoped Macron would win the second round with a broad majority to defeat the "anti-European" Le Pen.

A man walks past electoral posters of French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, right, and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in Saint Jean de Luz, southwestern France, Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Macron has been widely criticised in the media and by senior political figures for giving a triumphal speech after he topped the first round of the election on Sunday night, then partied in a chic bistro afterwards.

"When there is unfair competition, we'll set up barriers and say "there are regulations, you can't do that", she declared. The percentage of under-35 voters to have left school without a diploma has a heavy 60 percent correlation to Le Pen's scores.

"He [Macron] is a candidate of oligarchy, while I am a candidate of people".

"If it wasn't for the euro, I think she'd have a chance", he told AFP.

She contended Macron's plan for France amounts to "fratricide", saying it would pit people and companies against each other, with the strongest winning in a land where "the markets are the boss, money the king".

Macron's voters are mainly white-collar workers, in contrast to Le Pen who has the support of blue-collar workers.

And although Le Pen scored high in some rural departments, that was not systematically the case.

The factory in Amiens, where the production of dryers is due to stop next year and shift to Poland, joins a list of threatened plants that have become symbolic of job losses in French presidential campaigns. Union leaders later felt betrayed when the Hayange plant's blast furnaces were mothballed in a deal that Hollande's government struck with steel giant ArcelorMittal.

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