France’s frontrunner in next month’s presidential poll took his campaign to northern France where he slammed President Nicolas Sarkozy’s record on unemployment.
Socialist Francois Hollande told a rally that he could restore hopes of creating jobs, criticising his rival’s call for a so-called “real workers” day rally on May 1.
“Here the supporters, sympathisers, citizens have only their job as their source of wealth. There is no difference between real work and fake work. Over here, we work. And when we don’t work, we want to work and we ask for work…..The candidate of so-called ‘true’ work has been the candidate of true unemployment for the last five years.”
Both candidates are scrambling to attract nearly a fifth of the electorate who backed the far-right leader, Marine Le Pen. She tapped into voter despair over job losses and her supporters could make or break either candidate.