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'President of international affairs' Macron at risk as Le Pen hammers real French issues

World'President of international affairs' Macron at risk as Le Pen hammers real French issues

The French leader will face Marine Le Pen in the second round of the presidential election on Sunday. It is the second time Mr Macron will have to convince voters to dismiss Ms Le Pen’s electoral pledges after he won the top job in French politics in 2017.

But this time, the far-right leader is getting a lot closer in the polls, thanks to her focus on the domestic agenda.

Author of “Macron Unveiled, The prototype for a new generation of world leaders”, Alain Lefebvre, claimed Marine Le Pen is seen as the candidate for “purchasing power” in France, as voters get ready to head to the polls on Sunday.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said that Mr Macron is instead concentrating perhaps too much on international matters.

The French author said: “Because Macron is dealing with international problems, he seems to French people that he’s only interested in international issues.

“We have a problem with inflation, incomes for French people are going down compared to the price of things.

“And this is probably the main problem for French people.

“And this is what Marine Le Pen does. She chose it six, eight months ago as the main topic of her campaign.

“Macron is the President of international affairs and Marine Le Pen is the candidate for purchasing power.”

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Mr Melenchon’s party has given no voting instructions for the runoff after its internal consultations showed most people would abstain or submit a blank vote on April 24, adding to uncertainty over the outcome.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told Europe 1 radio that Le Pen would “hand France’s sovereignty to Vladimir Putin and to Russia” if she was elected, after she previously voiced admiration for the Russian president.

“I heard Marine Le Pen’s international policy proposals. This is the end of French sovereignty,” he said, adding that her victory would lead to an alliance with Putin, a lack of NATO protection and cutting ties with Germany.

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