Macron, Le Pen trade accusations in French election race

Brexit in the United Kingdom and Ms. Le Pen's hints of a possible "Frexit" have rattled not only Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany, who faces elections herself in the fall, but also those viewing a possible collapse of the EU with alarm in this year of the 100th anniversaries of World War I and the impact of wars on European peace and prosperity.

The two have been at odds since Ms Le Pen began moves to clean the National Front's image of xenophobic associations in the run-up to the campaign for the 2017 presidency. And this time, in France's May 7 presidential runoff, she is hoping to accomplish what her father could not when he ran in 2002. She told France 2 that France was approaching a "decisive moment".

Speaking to 20 Minuten, SVP MP Roland Rino Büchel said Le Pen was actually a left-winger who favoured state control, and that her policies were "not enough to bring France back on track". "They can be in agreement with us", Steeve Brios, the mayor of Le Pen's northern bastion of Henin-Beaumont, told The Associated Press, adding that those far-left voters sought choices "outside the system".

But the problem for Le Pen, as Cautres points out is that they disagree on economic views. It was not clear what effect the attack had on the vote Sunday.

Le Pen on Thursday will hold a night-time rally in the southern city of Nice - another party bastion - and next Monday will hold a traditional May 1 rally at a conference centre north of Paris. In 2015, she did not shirk from pushing him out of the party he founded in 1972, when he refused to desist from anti-Semitic provocations that were undermining his daughter's presidential bid.

Politicians on the moderate left and right, including French President Francois Hollande and the losing Socialist and Republican party candidates in Sunday's first-round vote, maneuvered to block Le Pen's path to power.

"Although right-wing and left-wing radicals advanced in France, the worst of the tide of populist anger could soon be over in Europe", said Holger Schmieding, an analyst at Berenberg Bank in Germany. "Only she can do something, make France move and put order in the country".

French presidential elections' front-runner centrist Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said that he has not won the presidential race yet, rejecting accusations that he was banking on his victory, which he clinched in the first round of the polls by leading number of votes.

While the Républicains' official line is "not to vote Le Pen", Christian Estrosi, head of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, where the FN is very strong, said any members failing to clearly call for a Macron vote should be "excluded".

There are voters out there she could win over. It is important not to count her out, considering the volatility of the French electorate and the National Front's presence in local governments throughout the nation. She is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg and European Union press and media on European Union financial and political issues.

"Slaughter without stunning, I'm sorry, it should have special labels", Le Pen said.

Addressing thousands of flag-waving supporters in Paris on Sunday evening, Macron said he aimed to unite "patriots" against "the threat of nationalists".

The French media relished recounting the divorce of her parents in her teen years. This reflects how disillusioned the ordinary people have become with the political establishment, a trend we have seen repeating itself in the elections across the western hemisphere.

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