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French polls: Macron calls on E.U. to reform or face “Frexit”

May 01, 2017, 7:45 AM EDT
Emmanuel Macron, En Marche! candidate for French presidential election.
(Source: Ecole polytechnique Université Paris-Saclay/flickr)

Emmanuel Macron, who is maintaining a 20 percent lead over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen in the runoff for the French presidential election, has warned the European Union that it must reform or be prepared to face “Frexit.”

Macron, a pro-centrist leader who has been a vocal advocate of “the European idea and European policies,” admitted that a “dysfunctional” E.U. has sparked anger and impatience among the French people, writes the BBC.

Emmanuel’s remark follows a survey for the Journal du Dimanche, which revealed that a majority of the voters doubt that either of the candidates can address chronic unemployment and the country’s mounting security woes after a spate of Islamist militant attacks since 2015, notes Mail Online.