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France's 11 Presidential Hopefuls Stake out Positions on TV

20 Avril 2017

"We can't decide who is allowed to come here any more", Le Pen said, adding: "The French sometimes have fewer rights than foreigners - even illegal ones". "I have not been given gifts".

Melenchon gained one point in the same poll to 18 percent, confirming the election is now a four-way race and making it impossible to predict with certainty which two candidates will contest a deciding run-off on May 7. Do voters judge a book by its cover? France's presidential candidates cert.

(AP Photo/Claude Paris, File). FILE - In this July 12, 2016 file photo, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron attends a rally for his movement, En Marche! (In Motion!), in Paris. "My first measure as president will be to reinstate France's borders", Le Pen told a crowd of about 5,000, prompting the National Front's (FN) traditional "This is our home!" chant.

David Rachline blamed the attack and other scuffles on "extreme-left scum".

"I don't see any significant difference between Melenchon and the National Front on many issues", Joann Sfar, a well-known French-Jewish novelist and filmmaker who used to support communist causes, wrote last week on Facebook.

"I know a British man speaking on an American show about the Republic of France is basically French kryptonite", Oliver said.

Slamming her rivals, whom she said wanted "savage globalisation", she said hers was the camp of patriots.

A few hours earlier on the other side of Paris, Le Pen's most likely run-off opponent, Macron, addressed a crowd almost four times larger in another concert hall and struck a starkly different, pro-European tone.

Hundreds of riot police in full gear were posted around the rally's site.

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Macron is leading in the polls ahead of the first round with approximately 23 percent of the vote, slightly ahead of Le Pen.

That is rattling markets and prompting attacks from his rivals.

The crowd booed over the European Union and its border-free Schengen area, from which Le Pen has said she would remove France if elected. In an interview in the Le Parisien newspaper yesterday, 65-year-old Mr Melenchon, who is threatening to quit the euro and massively increase public spending, vowed he would be a safe pair of hands for the second-largest economy in the euro zone. "I am absolutely sure I'll be in the second round because there is a strong desire for change in our country and I am the only one proposing serious and reasonable change", the 63-year-old told reporters in the southern city of Nice before giving a speech to supporters.

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Macron was seen beating Le Pen in the runoff by 64 per cent to 36. That said, Austrians rejected their far-right Freedom Party in December. The two candidates who get the most support will then pass on to the second round which takes place on 7 May.

Following attempted disruptions of her rally by anti-National Front protesters and a FEMEN activist, France's presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen reinforced her promises to defend the French from the woes of the globalized world, including uncontrollable migration.

The election is being closely watched in Brussels and around the world, with a duel between far-right leader Marine Le Pen and surging leftist radical Jean-Luc Melenchon, both eurosceptics, one of the possible outcomes.

Francois Fillon - candidate of the traditional right - travelled to Nice, victim of a terror attack past year that killed 86 people, where he talked tough on security.

France's 11 Presidential Hopefuls Stake out Positions on TV