THE FI­NAL COUNTDOWN

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Em­manuel Macron and Ma­rine Le Pen will fight it out for the French pres­i­dency af­ter the coun­try’s two main par­ties lost out to the can­di­dates in the first round of elec­tions in April. The in­de­pen­dent can­di­date Macron and far-right Le Pen of­fer France two very dif­fer­ent vi­sions. De­scrib­ing him­self as “left-wing” and a “lib­eral”, Macron is fo­cused on so­cial is­sues, such as free­dom to prac­tise re­li­gion in a sec­u­lar state, equal­ity and im­mi­gra­tion. Le Pen, on the other hand, takes a hard right-wing stance on all of these is­sues. In the first round of elec­tions, Macron took 23.8% of the vote and Le Pen took 21.5%. At the time of writ­ing, both can­di­dates are cam­paign­ing for their place in the Élysée Palace be­fore the fi­nal vote on 7 May.

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