Striking Factory Workers Give Cold Reception to Macron After Le Pen's Visit

Striking Factory Workers Give Cold Reception to Macron After Le Pen's Visit

Striking Factory Workers Give Cold Reception to Macron After Le Pen's Visit

And she has no plausible major reservoir of votes to add to the 21.3 per cent she received in the first round of the ballot, although she is expected to gain some voters from defeated centre-right candidate Francois Fillon.

French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron was booed and heckled with chants backing his far-right rival Marine Le Pen as he made a chaotic visit to an under-threat factory in the nation's rustbelt on Wednesday.

Macron got the most votes and is the predicted victor, since the other parties are rallying around him in an effort to stop the far-right Le Pen. Nine other candidates were eliminated.

Campaign director David Rachline said the "protective France" of the anti-globalization candidate represented by the slogan stands in contrast to the "fratricidal and inhuman project" of Macron, a former economy minister and banker. While Macron's vision is inclusive, outward-looking and aimed at taking France to the centre of a strong European Union (EU), Le Pen is anti-immigrant, anti-EU, anti-globalisation and anti-NATO.

Those are "two clear offers that come face to face", Macron said on French public television. Le Pen has denounced legal proceedings against her as political interference.

Le Pen started her day at the Rungis wholesale market outside Paris, calling for more food to be produced and consumed in this country known as the gastronomic center of the Western world.

She said the French government must promote meat from France.

"Let's promote the "eating French" especially in (school) canteens where our children must take advantage of healthy, quality products", she said.

Ms Le Pen's statement on Monday denouncing "the old and completely rotten Republican Front" - the coalition of mainstream parties allied against her - sums up her challenge in the May 7 run-off.

"Macron goes into the second round on a carpet of rose petals with nearly total support from the French mainstream media, elites, trade union organizations, entrepreneurs", she said in an interview on the TV channel France 2.

The founder of the National Front has been expelled from the party because of his anti-Semitic comments, but he is still funding the 2017 campaign with €6 million.

Poll surveys predict that he will defeat Le Pen by a wide margin as most of the candidates and parties ousted in the first round are likely to rally behind him to prevent a Le Pen presidency.

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