HOL­LANDE URGES FRENCH TO RE­JECT LE PEN

Metro USA (Boston) - - NEWS -

France’s out­go­ing pres­i­dent, Fran­cois Hol­lande, on Mon­day urged peo­ple to back cen­trist Emmanuel Macron in a vote to choose his suc­ces­sor next month and re­ject far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose place in the run-off rep­re­sented a “risk” for France. Macron and Le Pen, leader of the Na­tional Front (FN), go head-to-head on May 7 af­ter tak­ing the top two places in Sun­day’s first round. Opin­ion polls in­di­cate that the busi­ness­friendly Macron, who has never held elected of­fice, will take at least 61 per­cent of the vote against Le Pen af­ter two de­feated ri­vals pledged to back him to thwart her eu­roscep­tic, anti-im­mi­grant plat­form.

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