Pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates rally in last days of sur­pris­ing race

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

PARIS | As France’s un­pre­dictable pres­i­den­tial cam­paign nears its fin­ish with no clear front-run­ner, cen­trist can­di­date Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen hope to rally big crowds in Paris with their ri­val vi­sions for Europe’s fu­ture.

Mean­while, far-left can­di­date JeanLuc Me­len­chon, en­joy­ing a late poll surge, cam­paigned on a barge Mon­day float­ing through the canals of Paris. And con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Fran­cois Fil­lon took his tough-on-se­cu­rity cam­paign to the south­ern French city of Nice, which was scarred by a deadly truck at­tack last year that killed 86 peo­ple.

The race is be­ing watched in­ter­na­tion­ally as an im­por­tant gauge of pop­ulist sen­ti­ment, and the out­come is in­creas­ingly un­cer­tain just six days be­fore Sun­day’s first round vote.

The top two vote-get­ters Sun­day of the 11 can­di­dates on the bal­lot ad­vance to the May 7 pres­i­den­tial runoff. The lat­est polls sug­gest that Le Pen, Macron, Me­len­chon and Fil­lon all have a chance of reach­ing the runoff — and as many as a third of vot­ers re­main un­de­cided.

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