France elections: Macron and Le Pen 'through to run-off'
France elections: Macron and Le Pen 'through to run-off'
24 Abril, 2017, 08:52
Le Pen wants to leave the European Union and pushes protectionist policies, when not denying France's role in the Holocaust; Macron defends Europe, and wants France to be more engaged with the world, not less (much to the delight of Merkel's chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, who tweeted that the outcome shows "France and Europe can win together!"). Emmanuel Macron, the 39-year-old independent who placed first in this year's round, declared that the nation had "discarded" the two once-dominant parties.
The Euro exchange rate complex has risen following news Emmanuel Macron is headed for the Élysée Palace. His wife, Brigitte, joined him on stage before his speech - the only couple among the leading candidates to do so on Sunday night.
"The time has come to free the French people", Le Pen said at her election day headquarters in the northern French town of Henin-Beaumont.
"The two political parties that have governed France for years have been discarded", he said.
French politicians on the left and right immediately urged voters to block Ms Le Pen's path to power in the May 7 vote, saying her virulently nationalist anti-EU and anti-immigration politics would spell disaster for France.
An Ipsos poll of the second round of the French elections has Macron winning 62 percent against Le Pen's 38 percent. Macron's En Marche (Forward) party didn't exist even a year ago, and it's unclear whether it will be able to elect many candidates in the parliamentary elections scheduled for June.
Protesters angry about Le Pen's results scuffled with police.
Police fired tear gas to disperse an increasingly rowdy crowd.
Admitting defeat, François Fillon, whose campaign was rocked by corruption allegations, said there was "no other choice" but to vote for Mr Macron.
"Either we continue to disintegrate without any borders, without any controls, unfair global competition, mass immigration and the free circulation of terrorists, or you choose France with borders", she added.
Socialist Benoit Hamon, projected to win a humiliating 6.4 percent, said the left had suffered a "historic drubbing" but urged voters to keep out Le Pen who he said was "an enemy of the republic". Both had strong words for the threat that the National Front poses to France.
"No, I have no comment on that", Trump told The Associated Press Sundat when asked if he thought Le Pen should become France's next president. He also cited the history of "violence and intolerance" of Le Pen's far-right National Front party, founded by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who was trounced in the presidential runoff in 2002.
He was on course for around 19.6 percent of the vote, underlining the strength of anti-establishment sentiment. Declaring "the left is not dead!" he urged supporters to back Macron.
Voters are called back to the polls for the May 7 runoff and the next president will be sworn in by May 14 at the latest.
The vote took place under heavy security after Thursday's killing of a policeman on Paris's Champs-Elysees avenue claimed by the Islamic State group.
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