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French election: Le Pen and Macron hold rival rallies

French election: Le Pen and Macron hold rival rallies

France's presidential candidates certainly think they do, and more than ever are trying to get their political message across through their wardrobes, from centrist Emmanuel Macron's regular-guy suits to far right leader Marine Le Pen's masculine dark wardrobe and hard-left Jean-Luc Melenchon's communist-inspired jackets.

FILE - In this November 27 2016 file photo, Francois Fillon acknowledges applause after the official announcement of results in the conservative party's national primary election in Paris.

Opinion polls predict the two will reach the second round on 7 May.

The election will move into a run-off round on May 7, provided no candidate secures more than 50 percent of the vote on in round one on Sunday.

Macron plans his biggest rally yet at the Bercy sports and concert hall, a venue with a capacity of 20,000. In the first, which will be held on April 23, the country will vote on all 11 candidates who have entered the race. "I am for both a strong France and an ambitious Europe".

Macron had criticized Germany's disproportionate economic power in the European Union in a Monday interview with Germany's Funke media group, saying the current situation "isn't good for Germany's own economy, nor for the economy in the eurozone".

However, numerous analysts and politicians agree that for next Sunday's elections, Le Pen daujghter is in a much more favorable position than her father was 15 years ago, mainly due to weakened political rivals.

"I know a British man speaking on an American television show about the Republic of France is basically French kryptonite".

"The choice on Sunday is simple", she said. "It is a choice between a France that is rising again and a France that is sinking".

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Le Pen says she would radically change the course of France in Europe, exiting the Schengen agreement and the Eurozone once in the Elysee Palace.

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Scuffles between scores of opponents of Le Pen's anti-immigration National Front party and riot police broke out ahead of her rally, delaying its start.

Le Pen described the protest by "left-wing extremists" as a "total reversal" of their values to "disrupt a meeting of the only woman who defends women". Another FN official, Jean Messiha, said he saw a couple of Molotov cocktails being thrown.

Melenchon, 65, chose the quirkiest campaign event of the day, sailing through northeast Paris on a barge, making stops along the way to greet supporters.

As the charismatic leader of La France Insoumise (Unbowed France) finally came into view, a brass band on deck struck up the 1960s hit "Can't Take My Eyes off You".

Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen hammered on themes that pump up supporters, like immigration and national identity, at her Paris rally on Monday as France's unpredictable presidential campaign neared its finish with a grab-bag of potential outcomes.

She wouldn't give her last name, but said she will vote for Marine Le Pen, the far-right, anti-immigrant candidate, who seems well positioned to make it to next month's runoff.


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