Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron staged vicious attacks on Wednesday night in the big presidential debate held four days before the second round of the French election next Sunday. 7).
“You’re the darling of the system and the elites,” said Le Pen, who kicked off this tension-punched duel with millions of viewers.
“Your strategy is to tell a lot of lies,” returned Macron.
“Mr. Macron is the candidate of savage globalization, ‘urbanization’, precariousness, social brutality, the war of all against all, the economic plunder, especially of our large groups, the dismantling of France by big interests Economic, communitarianism, “attacked Le Pen.
“You are the heir of a system that has been thriving for decades with the French wrath,” returned the candidate of the movement In March!
The two candidates exchanged harsh accusations about their position in the fight against Islamic terrorism.
“Security and terrorism are a bigger problem, totally absent from your project,” criticized Le Pen, raising the tone.
“You do not have a project, but you also have a complacency with Islamic fundamentalism,” Le Pen said.
The opponent responded by criticizing the opponent for “bringing the civil war” to France.
“You bring civil war to the country … Fighting against terrorists is not in any case yielding to the civil war trap,” he said, adding that this is the trap “that terrorists put up for us”.
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Mr. Macron sought to highlight the “fragility” of the far-right leader’s program, especially in relation to its protectionist economic policy and the promise to leave the euro zone, although the proposal did not appear in recent days among Le Pen’s priorities.
“The euro is the currency of the bankers, not the people’s currency. That is why we should abandon this currency,” Le Pen said, defending his proposal to retake a French national currency.
“Big companies will not be able to pay in euros on one side and pay their employees in francs on the other. That does not make sense!” – declared Macron, a faithful defender of the European Union, that advocates a zone of the euro with own budget and minister of the Finances.
Le Pen said that “France will be run by her or by (Angela) Merkel,” after accusing Macron of doing nothing without the blessing of the German chancellor.
“Anyway, France will be run by a woman, Merkel or me,” Le Pen said in another hot piece of the debate.
After ten days of a virulent campaign between the two shifts, Emmanuel Macron, first-placed in the first round, is appointed as the favorite to win on May 7, according to surveys, with about 60% of the intentions to vote, although he has Lost points since the first round on April 23. The advantage seems to diminish for Le Pen, however, who has been quite offensive.
In a closely followed suit abroad, the two candidates must convince the many undecided voters to give them their vote. According to surveys, 20% of French people are undecided, and 30% may refrain (10% more than in 2012).
The two programs are opposed to one another: liberal and pro-European, in the case of Emmanuel Macron; Anti-immigration, anti-European and anti-system, in the Marine Le Pen.
It is especially pleasing to urban youth, the middle classes and financial resources. It has among its main supporters the popular classes, the rural ones and attracts the disappointed French, victims of an endemic unemployment.
“It’s not just two personalities, two projects, but two conceptions of France, Europe and the world” that face each other, said President François Hollande, who declared his support for Macron.
A traditional rite of French political life since 1974, the televised debate between two shifts is a strong and often decisive moment in the presidential campaigns.
The defeat of conservative François Fillon and leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who each won 20% of the vote in the first round, left a bitter taste on the part of the French, who refuse to choose between Macron and Le Pen.
“We are in a zone of absolute danger. We will not play Russian roulette with democracy,” Socialist Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem warned Wednesday.
Macron, a young politician aged 39 who could become the youngest president in French history on May 7, is the last trench in front of Le Pen, who proclaims himself the “candidate of the people” and tries to present his opponent As the heir of the unpopular socialist president François Hollande, of whom he was Minister of Economy for two years (2014-2016).