FTSE 100 leaps as markets take heart from French election result

A man rides a bicycle past an electronic stock board showing Japan’s Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo

A man rides a bicycle past an electronic stock board showing Japan’s Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo

Most polls see Le Pen trailing her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron 40 points to 60, and she has to widen her support if she can hope to beat him in the run-off on May 7.

It is understood that Le Pen's decision is an attempt to appeal to a wider range of potential voters ahead of the May 7 election.

"We have collectively made the National Front normal", he lamented.

Here are some possible explanations for Le Pen's decision as she bids to become France's next president.

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron got almost 1 million more votes than far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in a result that's upended traditional French politics.

Why is a Macron victory so reassuring, even though in common with Le Pen he is an outsider not standing for one of the two main parties?

Le Pen and Mélenchon's pro-Russia, protectionist platforms are eerily similar.

Yannick Carrasco to miss Atletico Madrids semi-final against Real Madrid
- Villarreal are the very first side to maintain four clean sheets in a row against Atletico Madrid in LaLiga history. Tony Adams saw his Granada side pushed closer towards relegation, while Atletico Madrid suffered a rare defeat.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen poses for a selfie after a haircut in Paris on Monday.

Benjamin Griveaux said: "She's been in the political system for 30 years".

Shares of Deutsche Bank rose by more than 10 percent after market open in the USA on Monday, as investors took the results from the first round of the French presidential election to mean it will be business as usual for banks in the Euro zone. "If I'd been in her place, I would have had a Trump-like campaign, a more open one, very aggressive against those responsible for the decadence of our country, whether left or right", Mr Le Pen, 88, told RTL radio. She announced she was standing down as leader of her National Front (NF) party, which has an extreme history, for the rest of the campaign.

"There's no choice but to vote against extremism", conservative candidate Francois Fillon said in his concession speech. "I've come here to start the second round campaign in the only way I know - on the ground with the French people", she said.

Macron was Hollande's top economic adviser between 2012 and 2014, serving as economy minister in his Socialist government thereafter.

The president of the European Parliament has joined calls by various EU leaders who endorsed Macron in the presidential race.

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