French stocks soar to near-decade highs as Macron tops poll

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Her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, ran for president five times and was the leader of the National Front party until 2011 when his daughter took over.

She added, "So I am afraid I didn't define Emmanuel as ... the hope of a generation but the fact of seeing European and French flags together".

Some Twitter accounts attempted to drum up support for Le Pen by recycling Hillary Clinton's hashtag #ImWithHer. "I am the presidential candidate", Le Pen said on Monday.

Le Pen expressed her intentions about immigrants during her presidential program presentation, which took place on February 5 in Lyon, saying that she is the only candidate who can protect her country from Islamic extremism.

In the May 7 run-off, the fight is between Emmanuel Macron, an independent centrist with no substantial political experience, and Marine Le Pen, the far-right populist leader of the National Front.

Le Pen said on TF1 TV on Tuesday that "there is a revolt of the people against the elite" seen in Britain's Brexit vote and in the election of U.S. President Donald Trump.

"My question is if Russian Federation calls one of the candidates a hope of the generation, will it be accused of interfering in French elections?"




Jean-Marie Le Pen shocked the world in 2002 by qualifying for the second round of the presidential election and then went on to lose in a landslide to conservative Jacques Chirac.

SINGAPORE, April 25 The euro steadied on Tuesday, pausing after a rally sparked by the first-round results of the French presidential election, while the Canadian dollar fell after the US slapped duties on Canadian softwood lumber.

Is Marine Le Pen far-right?

Members of the National Front have hit out at Macron, claiming he will not be strict on France's borders and leave the country vulnerable to further terror attacks.

Macron is far more likely to advance United States interests, including strengthening North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, as well as help lead European Union efforts to curb Russian aggression in Europe and beyond. This take us back to the 2016 USA election campaign, in which Donald Trump mounted his campaign largely on xenophobic and anti-immigrant rhetoric. "And Macron, I don't really have confidence in him either". Voters rejected the two mainstream parties that have alternated power for decades, in favour of Ms Le Pen and the untested Mr Macron, who has never held elected office and who founded his own political movement just a year ago.

France's centre-right party, seeking to rebound after the defeat of its presidential candidate, said on Wednesday it could share power with Emmanuel Macron if he is elected, as pollsters predict, on May 7.

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. After all, a few months ago, Francois Fillon, the candidate from the center-right Les Republicains, was favorite to succeed Hollande before a scandal involving his wife's employment status derailed his campaign.

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