At meat market, the far-right Le Pen backs "eating French"

French election run-off candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen

If the French presidential election was up to French residents of French-speaking Switzerland, the second round would be contested by Fran├žois Fillon and Emmanuel Macron.

Workers whistled and jostled with Macron's security guards while a burning tire threw a cloud of black smoke across the site when the former economy minister visited the tumble-drier factory in his hometown of Amiens.

With so many presidential candidates running in our multi-party elections, they have always split the votes so that none ever got a majority of 50 percent. Mr Macron is "Hollande's baby", she said in the interview.

Le Pen, the 48-year-old female presidential contender, succeeded in 2011 his father Jean-Marie Le Pen to head the NF party, which he created in 1972.

Two weeks ago, Le Pen made a statement downplaying France's role in the Holocaust, which caused outrage among French voters and her political rivals and reignited arguments over the party's anti-Semitism.

A New York Times story of the French election describes a country where establishment candidates were expected to make it to the runoff in a 11-person election - but obviously failed.

"I'm taking my leave of the presidency of the official National Front: I am only the candidate for the presidential election", Le Pen said in a statement.

In Ireland, Ms Le Pen secured 3.98% of votes cast here, while Mr Macron secured 44.87%.

Macron and Le Pen represent two different visions of the future of France, its identity and role in Europe and the world.

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.

With 7.5 million votes, Ms.

Without referring explicitly to Le Pen, Boubakeur added that French citizens must comprehend the "threat embodied by xenophobic ideas risky to our cohesion".

Even if the polls are correct, Macron will likely find governing hard, as his young party will struggle to get a majority in the parliamentary elections in June, meaning he will have to work with other parties - like the United States, there are strong checks and balances in the system to prevent too much power in the hands of one individual.

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