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Macron and Le Pen go head-to-head in the race for the French presidency

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Macron and Le Pen go head-to-head in the race for the French presidency

<p><em>Front National</em> leader Marine Le Pen was in jubilant mood this morning having got through to the second round of the French presidential race. </p> <h3>Battle lines are drawn</h3> <p>Le Pen <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/24/le-pen-celebrates-historic-moment-in-french-election">celebrated her success</a> by launching a blistering attack on her opponent, Emmanuel Macron, accusing him of weakness on national security: </p> <p>“I’m on the ground to meet the French people to draw their attention to important subjects, including Islamist terrorism, on which the least we can say is that Mr Macron is weak.”</p> <p>Speaking from a bustling market in her constituency, Le Pen said that her party needed to convince all sections of the French people.</p> <p>“I am not limited to this or that category of French. I think that many will discover the background of Mr. Macron`s project.”</p> <h3>live televised debate</h3> <p>On 3 May both candidates will have the chance to air all of the issues in a live televised debate, just four days before the voters go to the polls for a second time.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Rachline: le débat d’entre-deux-tours « devrait avoir lieu » <a href="https://t.co/N0O2Sj96WZ">https://t.co/N0O2Sj96WZ</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Presidentielle2017?src=hash">#Presidentielle2017</a> <a href="https://t.co/rdoYYrZRTn">pic.twitter.com/rdoYYrZRTn</a></p>— Présidentielle 2017 (@_elections) <a href="https://twitter.com/_elections/status/856431329281318913">April 24, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>In previous television debates, the candidates had severely restricted time to speak because of the need to give equal air time to all eleven of those standing in the first round.</p> <h3>Emmanuel Macron greets his supporters</h3> <p>Emmanuel Macron was also <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/24/rally-against-nationalists-macron-s-call-after-french-election-success">cheerful</a> as he greeted supporters of his fledgling <em>En Marche!</em> movement this morning as he left his Paris home. </p> <p>After taking a 23.7% share of the vote in the first round, Macron said that he would bring new faces and talent to transform a stale political system. </p> <h3>Failed candidates declare for Macron</h3> <p>Socialist candidate Benoît Hamon, and Republican François Fillon, have both pledged their support to Macron, saying that voters must prevent the far-right <em>Front National</em> from coming to power.</p> <p>In Paris, leftwing protesters <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/23/watch-paris-clashes-after-election-results-announced">clashed</a> with riot police after the success of Marine Le Pen was announced.</p> <h3>Opinion polls predict Macron win</h3> <p>An <a href="http://opinionlab.opinion-way.com/opinionlab/832/627/presitrack.html">Opinionway poll</a> published today predicts that Macron will win the second round by 61% to Le Pen’s 39%.</p> <h3>Political earthquake</h3> <p>From Paris euronews’s correspondent Anne Devineaux said:</p> <p>“By pushing the two big parties out of the game, the French have provoked an unprecendented and profound political earthquake. They now have a choice between two contrasting candidates. Especially concerning Europe. One of the key subjects in the second round.”</p>