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France's would-be presidents rally in Paris days before vote

France's would-be presidents rally in Paris days before vote

"A klansman is still a klansman even if you slap a monocle and a top hat on it and give him a cane", Oliver said.

Security details protecting France's presidential candidates have been bolstered after intelligence services were said to have picked up on an imminent threat.

But the poll showed Le Pen, who has spent years trying to detoxify the FN s image, still struggling to win over the absolute majority of voters needed for victory in a run-off. In fact, the election could say a lot about the future of Europe, in general. And that, Oliver noted on "Last Week Tonight", is only reason why France's election is really important.

Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon drew tens of thousands to a rally on Sunday, aiming to maintain momentum that has pushed the one-time outsider into contention in the French presidential election, with the first round of voting a week away.

A daily Opinionway poll on Monday put Mr Macron and Ms Le Pen neck and neck in the first round of voting at 22 percent, with Mr Fillon at their heals on 21 percent followed by Mr Mélenchon on 18 percent. An Ipsos-Sopra Sterna poll, published on April 14th, shows that it will be a four way race.

In an interview with the Journal du Dimanche, Fillon expressed confidence of success, despite being charged with misusing almost one million euros in public money - revelations that scandalised the nation in January.

"I've always paid all my tax in France and I've always had all may accounts in France", Macron said in an interview with BFM TV.

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According to surveys, only the young centrist Emmanuel Macron manages to be near in terms of citizen support.

Similar to Donald Trump, Le Pen has attracted voters by touting a France-first message that promises to create jobs for the unemployed youth.

"Patriotism is not a dirty word", he told supporters in the cathedral town of Puy-en-Velay last Saturday - borrowing from the songbook of Ms Le Pen who styles the FN the "party of patriots". She also plans on banning any sign of religious belief, including hijabs, yarmulkes, and turbans.

In a context of economic crisis, unemployment and fall in buying power of the euro, Le Pen managed to conquer many with her speech of economic protectionism, of improving public administration and prioritizing above all, the welfare of French homes.

Le Pen's father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, founded the NF in 1972 and was criticized for extreme anti-Semitism and denying the Holocaust. France is fractured, and its current president, François Hollande, has an approval rating of four percent. Voter turnout could also be an issue.

The French public is said to overwhelmingly oppose European Union policies, 12 years after they voted to reject the European Union constitution in a referendum result that was never ratified. Although Le Pen has sought to detoxify her party, comments on the campaign trail reveal the ugly truth of the National Front's ideology, with Le Pen calling for a national ban on religious imagery in public.


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