Sharp Rise in Bets for Le Pen Victory in Second-Round: Oddschecker

Sharp Rise in Bets for Le Pen Victory in Second-Round: Oddschecker

Sharp Rise in Bets for Le Pen Victory in Second-Round: Oddschecker

His party's candidate, Benoit Hamon, was knocked out in the first round of the presidential election on Sunday after receiving just 6% of the vote. That left centrist Emmanuel Macron, heading the youthful En Marche movement, the narrow victor on Sunday, and the lone beacon of hope for liberal, pro-European reform in a nation riven by unemployment, social inequality and a persistent terror threat.

In 2015, Marine Le Pen pushed him out of the party because he refused to desist from anti-Semitic provocations that were undermining both her bid to become French president and her bid to make the National Front an acceptable political alternative.

Striking such a deal with Macron, if possible, would allow the party to secure significant posts and exert control over important areas of policy.

Le Pen has vowed to intensify the nationalist, anti-Islamist rhetoric that propelled her into the second round.

He reached the second round of the presidential election in 2002, but was crushed in the runoff by Jacques Chirac. The world is left hoping the final result in France will help preserve the optimism of its liberal elements.

But Le Pen is hoping to peel away voters historically opposed to her National Front Party, long tainted by racism and anti-Semitism.

"When I hear Madame Le Pen's slogans, her tones and her gestures, I see a lot more brutality on her side than mine".

After the first-round vote on Sunday, Le Pen in a statement on Monday condemned French political parties calling to unite against her and to support Macron.

French television channel BFM TV showed him talking with workers' union delegates in a grey meeting room at the chamber of commerce while Le Pen posed for selfies on the site of the strike itself.

"The people will probably reserve a very big surprise for the oligarchy", the anti-establishment candidate said, referring to elite decision-makers, including Macron, who is a former economy minister and investment banker. He vehemently attacked Le Pen, saying she "stirs up hatred, lies, speaks about fears in order to use them, but gives no answers".

"The answer to what is happening to you is not ending globalization and closing the borders, do not be mistaken, those who are telling you that are lying", Macron said as quoted by the outlet referring to Le Pen's election promises regarding stricter border controls.

The outgoing Socialist president's comments suggest he is giving his full backing to centrist Emmanuel Macron ahead of voting on May 7. She has also vowed to take France out of the EU.

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