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Down in polls, France's Le Pen targets immigration for boost

Down in polls, France's Le Pen targets immigration for boost

Polls show Le Pen, 39-year-old centrist Emmanuel Macron, conservative former prime minister Francois Fillon and hard left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon locked in a tight four-way race ahead of Sunday's first round of voting.

They are sharing a stage but will be interviewed individually for 15 minutes as they seek to convince the electorate ahead of Sunday's first round vote.

Still, Melenchon and Le Pen's attacks against the euro and the European Union are seen as a brake on their potential support.

As Philippot has advanced this plan, claiming that the National Front is "neither left nor right", he has also been working to lay the groundwork for a Le Pen-led government.

As she prepared for the last big rally of her campaign in the Mediterranean city of Marseille, her camp became embroiled in an angry Twitter exchange with the European Commission.

According to local media, TF1 agreed to remove the flag Tuesday night. "Let's not hide it". "You have young people who are unemployed, and it's easy to tell them that's because an immigrant took their job".

Addressing almost 5,000 flag-waving supporters in the southern city of Marseille, where two Frenchmen were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of planning an attack on the election, the National Front (FN) leader said: "I have been denouncing this bad poison of Islamic terrorism since I launched my campaign. and none of my rivals are willing to debate the subject".

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Melenchon's support has nearly doubled in the past month to reach 19 percent in the Bloomberg Composite of polls for the first round.

"A second round Melenchon-Le Pen, it's terrifying for the country, for the image of the country and for its future, because the choices proposed are extremely risky", Bayrou said.

The BVA poll showed abstentions at between 20 and 24 percent. This is why it is premature to rule out a place in the second round for Francois Fillon, the centre-right candidate who was considered washed up after a controversy around him paying his family for "fake jobs".

But, she said, her first job as president would be to pull France out of the borderless Schengen agreement and give the nation back its borders, which she called a "sieve" for the entry of terrorists who she said travel Europe like tourists.

For large parts of the campaign, sleaze allegations have overshadowed hot button themes like unemployment and how to revive France's sluggish economy. With the citizens of founding EU member France about to go to the polls to elect a new president, therefore, the union's fate could drastically change over the course of the next few weeks.

A source close to the investigation said on Wednesday that the candidate featured on the newspaper cutting was Fillon.

France's internal intelligence agency had warned the main candidates of a threat, campaign officials said.


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