French artists back Macron at free concert

French artists back Macron at free concert

Le Pen's anti-EU stance could unravel post-war unity, while Macron wants greater European cooperation and trade.

Despite their differences Le Pen's father, former presidential candidate Jean Marie Le Pen, endorsed his daughter at the foot of the Joan of Arc statue in Paris.

May Day protests took a violent turn in Paris on Monday, leaving both citizens and officers injured.

The latest opinion poll showed Macron leading Le Pen by 61 per cent to 39 ahead of Sunday's election.


Le Pen and Macron will face off Wednesday in a what promises to be a fiery TV debate when the far-right candidate is likely to sharpen her attacks on a candidate she says embodies "the world of finance, of arrogance, of money as king". "One of them is a candidate who will uphold republican values and one is not".

In another eerily familiar statement for American voters, Macron told his supporters at his own rally, "Don't boo her!"

"I will fight up until the very last second not only against her programme but also her idea of what constitutes democracy and the French Republic", said Macron, an independent backed by a new party, En Marche!

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He said he was aware that "many people will vote for me to avoid having the National Front".

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Le Pen has worked hard to cleanse the FN of xenophobic and anti-semitic associations and make it more appealing to a wider electorate.

Le Pen wants a referendum on France's membership in the European Union, to restore French borders and return to the franc currency instead of the euro.

On the contrary, she added, "if you consider that what you have lived through for five years is hell, that it is tax hell, economic hell, hell of the unfair worldwide competition, hell of massive immigration, hell of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, hell of insecurity, so you have to vote for me".

Fillon has called for his supporters to back her centrist rival, Emmanuel Macron.

"The reality is simple and clear", she said, "Emmanuel Macron is [current president] François Hollande wishing to stay". Then-party leader Jean-Marie Le Pen sought to distance himself from the attackers, but the death drew national outrage.

Macron hugged Said Bourram, who was nine when his father was killed.

Mr Bourram was pushed off a bridge by a group of skinheads who broke away from the march. Macron joined the man's son and anti-National Front protesters at an annual commemoration near the Louvre Museum in Paris. "That is why I am fighting, to say "No" to racism".

Asked by AFP about the apparent plagiarism, FN deputy leader Florian Philippot said it was "a nod to a short passage in a speech about France" on the part of "a candidate that shows she is not sectarian".