The young and dynamic Emmanuel Macron is the political newcomer who wants to pull France out its economic slump.
The 39-year old has embraced globalisation, immigration and the European Union in stark contrast to his rival.
He told his supporters: “While our country is going through a unique time in history, marked by terrorism, economic challenges, social sufferings, environmental concerns,
“You responded in the most beautiful way, by going to vote in masses.”
“It’s your duty to continue to pursue this vibrant commitment until the end and beyond, never give up, never forget those months during which you have changed the course of our country.
“Remain the brave and demanding people that you are.”
Neither right nor left of the political spectrum – which he’s played to his advantage – Macron is now pitching himself as the patriotic choice for France as he heads in to the run off vote against nationalist Marine Le Pen.
Vive la République ! Vive la France ! pic.twitter.com/DO0Izv3HzG— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 23, 2017
But the far-right firebrand leader says its her National Front party that offers the French people an alternative to mainstream politics.
Le Pen has won support from the public for campaigning to leave the European Union, protect France’s borders, and expel Islamic extremists if elected.
In her first round victory speech, she said: “What is at stake in this election is savage globalisation, which jeopardises our civilisation.
Formidable soirée à Hénin-Beaumont : nous appelons ce soir à un grand rassemblement de tous les Français qui croient encore en la France ! pic.twitter.com/s1RIWCU4l6— David Rachline (@david_rachline) April 23, 2017
“French people have a simple choice, either we continue on the path of total deregulation, without borders and without protection and consequently the relocation of jobs, unfair international competition, mass immigration and free movement of terrorists. This reign is a reign where money is king.
“Or you choose France, borders that protect our jobs, our purchasing power, our security, our national identity.”
As the pair enter the final weeks of their campaigns, the polls suggest Macron will safely beat Le Pen in the second round runoff.
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