Le Pen tries to court French environmentalists

Le Pen tries to court French environmentalists

Le Pen tries to court French environmentalists

Marine Le Pen said on France-2 television Sunday night that the political rupture with her father "is definitive".

Meanwhile, Jean-Marie Le Pen, the candidate's more radical father, will lead his own rally in Paris, leading a march from the statue of the legendary French heroine and FN nationalist icon Joan of Arc to the Paris Opera house.

He visited Paris's Holocaust memorial.

Her stance is at odds with former president Jacques Chirac and current premier Francois Hollande, who have both apologized for the role played by French police in the rounding up of 13,000 Jews at the Vel d'Hiv cycling track in Paris, ordered by the Nazis in July 1942.

"Fifteen years later, the qualification of Marine Le Pen for the second round of the French presidential election comes as no surprise".

Supporters of far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Monday shrugged off her ditherings over the week-end on the euro, saying they trusted her with taking France out of Europe's single currency and back to the Franc. He strongly opposes Le Pen gaining power but has also refused to endorse Macron, seen as a pro-business figure who could reduce France's strong labor protections.

To some extent, Le Pen resembles Trump's intentions to build a wall between Mexico and the US, reduce travel and immigration from certain countries and leave worldwide agreements such as NAFTA.

A week before a decisive second round in France's presidential election, many voters are skeptical that either of the two candidates can solve chronic unemployment or tackle security concerns, a poll published on Sunday found.

The Socialists and Republicans, the two parties that have governed France since Charles de Gaulle set up its modern institutions, were shut out of the race in the first round of voting on April 23.

Le Pen travelled to Marseille on Sunday to speak on the environment, a key issue for Melenchon supporters, while Macron visited the Holocaust memorial in Paris.

"I say to anyone who is listening: do not make the awful error of voting for the National Front because you would push the country towards a general conflagration and the ending to which no-one can predict", he said on the TF1 television channel.

Macron, who was economy minister in the outgoing Socialist government, advocates a "new growth model" that reconciles environmental transition with that of industry and agriculture.

Amid worries about rising nationalism, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron paid homage Sunday to the tens of thousands of French Jews killed in the Holocaust with a sombre, simple message to voters: Never again.

Macron also looked at documentation showing the collaboration by French authorities with the Nazis. "France", Jean-Marie Le Pen said.

"The lower she is, the less strong her ambitions can be for tomorrow", Hollande said.

Between them Ms Le Pen and Mr Macron gathered only 45% of votes in that round, which eliminated nine other candidates. He is seeking to remind voters of the anti-Semitic past of his rival Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front. Before that Macron worked on mergers and acquisitions at Rothschild & Cie in Paris.

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