France's would-be presidents rally in Paris days before vote

French centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are hoping to b. Do voters judge a book by its cover?

Promising to immediately impose a moratorium on immigration, she said: "The French sometimes have fewer rights than foreigners - even illegal ones".

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Scandal-hit conservative Francois Fillon and radical leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon are steaming up behind the two frontrunners, and with around one in four of the electorate still undecided, candidates are scrapping for every vote. On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver broke down the major candidates France will choose from next Sunday and made a small request: "Don't f*ck up, too".

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French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron denied on Monday allegations that he was hiding inheritance or offshore accounts, and stressed that he had earned all his money by working hard. (In Motion!), in Paris.

French anti-corruption campaigners Anticor flagged concerns last month about discrepancies in Macron's disclosure of assets, but the public transparency watchdog said in response it had found no inconsistencies. "We can say they are idiotic people. individuals who want to harm the freedom of speech".

Le Pen said that if she is elected as president of France, she will "with great pleasure" invite Pope Francis to visit.

Inside the complex, the crowd waves flags and chanted "we're in our land" as they waited for the event to start. My opponents from all sides have tried only one thing: "to finish me off rather than debate", Mr Fillon told the crowd.

France is scheduled to hold the first round of voting on April 23, while the run-off for the top two candidates will be held on May 7.

That is rattling markets and prompting attacks from his rivals.

Like Le Pen, Melenchon is a eurosceptic who has promised a referendum on the country's continued membership of the bloc. Mr. Melenchon "invented political stand-up".

But the poll also showed Le Pen, who has spent years trying to detoxify the FN's image, still struggling to win over the absolute majority of voters needed for victory in a run-off. He wants to reform the European Union from within, he said last week, because "many foreign leaders openly want a weakening of Europe: Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, as well as the main authoritarian leaders of the Middle East". "That's just boilerplate racism", said Oliver.

Macron, who had several posts in Hollande's government, pursues the pro-European policies of outgoing President Hollande.

The most recent polling has highlighted the prospect of both Le Pen and Melenchon making it to the second round, knocking out both Mr Fillon and Mr Macron.

Riviere said any lingering Trump effect on the French campaign could also favor other candidates, such as far-left Jean-Luc Melenchon, who rails against free trade. And conservative Francois Fillon is taking his tough-on-security campaign to Nice, scarred by a deadly truck attack a year ago.

With only six days left before Sunday's first-round vote, polls show the four leading French candidates are so close in popularity that there's no clear front-runner.

Similarly, ardent voters of Melenchon will not easily go over to Macron if he reaches the second round unless it is against Le Pen. Macron, meanwhile, is painting himself as an anti-establishment figure seeking to bury the traditional left-right spectrum that has governed France for decades.

"I don't get involved with what the Pope should say to his followers".

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