/French election 2022 – live: Macron and Le Pen offer final pitches to nation – The Independent

French election 2022 – live: Macron and Le Pen offer final pitches to nation – The Independent


Watch live as French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen holds rally in Arras

Emmanuel Macron has said Marine Le Pen, his far-right challenger, is capitalising on anger he has failed to quell among the French people as their election campaigns entered their final days.

Both candidates spoke to the media on Friday morning as they attempted to sweep up voters and support ahead of Sunday’s vote.

The current president said the far-right lived on “fears and resentment” and accepted his opponent was able to draw on his own failures in her bid to replace him.

In her interview this morning, Ms Le Pen accused Mr Macron of “not liking the French” .

The centrist president was leading in polls after a tense debate on Wednesday, although voter turnout is forecast to be the lowest in decades.

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Le Pen managed to draw on failures and anger I failed to pacify, Macron says

Speaking about his rival this morning, Emmanuel Macron said: “She has managed to draw on some of what we did not manage to do, on some of the things I did not manage to do to pacify some of the anger, respond quickly to what voters want.”

He added to France Inter radio: “The far-right lives on fears and resentment.”

Zoe Tidman22 April 2022 10:45

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Macron and Le Pen trade blows in interviews

Emmanuel Macron also said this morning the far-right lives “on fears and resentment” as he traded blows with Marine Le Pen in media interviews this morning.

Meanwhile his far-right opponent accused the president of embodying an elitism that has failed ordinary people.

“He does not like the French,” she told Europe 1 radio on Friday.

Zoe Tidman22 April 2022 10:24

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Marine Le Pen pushing out messages on social media

Marine Le Pen’s Twitter account is being very active this morning, sharing clips from interviews and campaign pictures every 10 minutes or so:

“I want to fight against Islamism”

Ms Len Pen promises zero tolerance on crime and to deport foreign offenders

“I will make savings on immigration by giving child benefits only to French people, by limiting family reunification”

Zoe Tidman22 April 2022 09:41

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Macron says EU cannot allow new iron curtain

Some more from Emmanuel Macron’s media interviews this morning.

The president said the EU nations must not allow a new iron curtain to fall across the continent – but it was also important to take account of differing views within the bloc towards Russia and the war in Ukraine.

Zoe Tidman22 April 2022 08:58

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Marine Le Pen says she has ‘spent eight months trying to drag French away from abstention’

Both candidates are doing media rounds as the election approaches.

“I’ve spent eight months in this presidential campaign trying to drag French out of abstention,” Marine Le Pen said this morning.

The far-right leader said she believed the split between the French people and their representatives can be closed with “democratic utensils” including proportional representation and referendums triggered by the population itselfs.

Zoe Tidman22 April 2022 08:49

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Le Pen drawing on anger I haven’t quelled, Macron says

Emmanuel Macron has said he had not managed to quell some of the anger felt in the country and that his far-right rival Marine Le Pen was using some of that in her campaign.

“And there we have it. She has made some progress, she has covered herself up by turning this into our problem, and she has managed to draw on this,” the president – hoping to be re-elected at the weekend – told France Inter radio.

Zoe Tidman22 April 2022 08:05

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Tory and Brexit supporters back far-right Marine Le Pen, poll suggests

Conservative and Brexit supporters want far-right candidate Marine Le Pen to become president of France, a poll by YouGov has suggested.

At least 37 per cent of Tory voters backed the right-wing leader, while just 24 per cent support the centrist Emmanuel Macron.

The two will go head-to-head in a critical run-off on Sunday, with polls putting Mr Macron as little as six points ahead of his rival.

The margin is even greater among Leave voters at the 2016 Brexit referendum, who prefer Ms Le Pen over the current president by 35 per cent to 19 per cent.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar22 April 2022 07:30

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Le Pen calls on voters to choose ‘between Macron and France’

At her final campaign rally in Arras, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen urged voters to choose between “Macron and France”.

“To block [Macron], you cannot abstain, you must vote,” she told her supporters, according to France24.

She added: “You must vote for the only front that is truly republican, the anti-Macron front.”

Slamming her opponent’s “unbounded arrogance”, Ms Le Pen projected herself as a nationalist “president who will respect the French” compared to Mr Macron “who does not like them”.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar22 April 2022 07:00

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Macron and Le Pen make last effort to win presidential race

Incumbent French president Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen made a last-ditch effort on Thursday to woo voters ahead of Sunday’s presidential election.

While Ms Le Pen headed to her stronghold in Arras, Mr Macron visited the multicultural Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, where the far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon made massive inroads during the first-round vote.

According to French election rules, all campaigning must end by Friday midnight.

Following Wednesday’s fiery marathon debate, Mr Macron has a six to 13 point lead over Ms Le Pen, according to the latest opinion polls.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar22 April 2022 06:28

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Macron warns Muslim voters against consequences of electing Le Pen

Incumbent French president Emmanuel Macron in the last leg of the campaign tried to woo disaffected left-wing voters and warned them against the consequences on the Muslim community if his far-right rival Marine Le Pen is voted to power.

While visiting the multicultural Paris commune of Saint-Denis, Mr Macron accused his rival of trying to exclude foreign citizens from social housing, Politico reported.

As an example, he said, “a young Moroccan lady who has two children, who work at the hospital, who was applauded every evening during the pandemic … with Madame Le Pen’s program, we will take away her social housing and her family benefits”.

“It’s a programme of discord,” Mr Macron added while slamming Ms Le Pen for “mixing up terrorism, insecurity, immigration, Islam and Islamism all the time”.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar22 April 2022 05:19

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