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Macron & Le Pen make a final pitch ahead of Sunday polls

May 05, 2017, 7:49 AM EDT
Opinion polls suggest that Macron strengthened his lead to 62 percent after his apparent win in an ill-tempered TV duel with Le Pen.
(Source: Consulat de France à New York/flickr)

French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen made a final pitch to their voters on Friday, as they wrapped up a turbulent election campaign ahead of a crucial presidential vote two days later.

The French election, which saw the candidates of two mainstream parties evicted in the first round, have garnered huge attention as the showdown pits far-right, anti-immigration, anti-EU Le Pen against a liberal centrist Macron, who advocates close European ties and an open economy, writes Reuters.

An opinion poll, conducted by Elabe for BFMTV and L'Express, found that Macron strengthened his lead to 62 percent after his apparent win in an ill-tempered TV duel with Le Pen, notes the BBC.

Heated exchanges over Islam and national identity along the course of the campaign have spurred a sense of fear in Muslims as France prepares to vote, reports The Guardian.

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