French candidate condemns 'criminal act' by US in Syria

Apr 10, 2017, 01:04
French candidate condemns 'criminal act' by US in Syria

French centrist Emmanuel Macron has a slight lead over far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election and would get 24 percent of the vote in the first round versus her 23 percent, a Harris Interactive poll showed on Friday. "With talk of slapping a super tax on the super rich and renegotiating France's relationship to the European Union, the" razor-tongued political showman": has split the left wing vote. Meanwhile, Fillon also remains stable with around 19 percent, and thus completes the quartet struggling to achieve the two best results in the first round to pass to the duel of the ballotage, scheduled for May 7. The two-round presidential election is set for April 23 and May 7.

A political showman who excoriates establishment politicians with his rapid-fire discourse, Melenchon was seen by pollsters as the most convincing performer in the four-hour TV debate that was watched by more than six million people. But Melenchon is not far behind, with around 17 percent. Her success or failure will be widely interpreted as a measure of the continued strength of nationalist populist movements, which enjoyed two triumphs previous year in the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump′s election.

Le Pen meanwhile sparked criticism from Jewish groups with an interview in which she denied the French state was responsible for the wartime round-up of more than 13,000 Jews at Paris' Vel d'Hiv cycling track who were then sent to Nazi death camps.

Le Pen and her closest allies will hit the airwaves in a series of interviews meant to sway voters tempted by her vision of a nationalist France, unburdened by the European Union and the euro currency.

He says he wants France to pull out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to avoid a confrontation with Russian Federation.

Partly as a result of losing his job as a salesman, he has turned more to the left - first Hamon, but now, he told Reuters, he has "almost made my choice for Melenchon" after being inspired by his performance in debates.

Some other senior Socialists, including Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, have jumped ship to join Macron.