Published: Thu, May 04, 2017
Research | By Elias Hubbard

Immigration Issue Could Impact Outcome In French Presidential Election

Immigration Issue Could Impact Outcome In French Presidential Election

Ahead of a 7 May run-off against centrist Emmanuel Macron, these are some conclusions that can be drawn by plotting Le Pen's scores in France's "departments"-similar to counties-against government data on key social and economic factors".

"Markets turn the page on Le Pen risks already", Commerzbank strategist Rainer Guntermann, said in a note titled "Au revoir Marine".

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is defending his campaign platform in a heated impromptu meeting outside a factory with workers who face losing their jobs to a plant in Poland.

"Mrs Le Pen is using this situation to her political advantage, because what she does is stir up political activists in a parking lot". However, there are reasons to feel optimistic about, as the opinion polls predict, a resounding victory for Macron. "He says there is no such thing as French culture", she said.

The contrasting images of Le Pen smiling with workers and Macron debating them spoke to her political experience and laid bare their contrasting styles. Le Pen's long-time companion, Louis Aliot, remains more discreet. "It's the symbol of the failure of Mr. Macron's policies".

"I am not an adversary of Europe", she said Tuesday, according to Bloomberg.

Le Pen hit Macron close to home with her politicking: He was born in Amiens.

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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 said on Monday night that she was setting party affairs to one side, at least temporarily in order to concentrate on the campaign. "So she is in a truly bad position to be talking about the elites".

"Emmanuel Macron is with the oligarchs, with the Medef (the employers' association) ..."

A strong earnings season in the United States has also lifted investors' spirits, with 77 per cent of the 100 companies that have reported first-quarter results so far beating profit expectations. Defeated candidates Francois Fillon of the Republicans and Benoit Hamon of the Socialist party have also urged their supporters to vote for the former economics minister and investment banker. Another far-right candidate got 4.7 percent, and an additional five candidates split 4 percent of the vote.

The leader of En Marche!, which translates as On The Move, has already faced criticism for what some regarded as a triumphalist speech after he won the first round of voting in the presidential election on Sunday.

Protesters angry over the results burned cars, danced around bonfires and dodged riot police overnight at the Place de la Bastille and Republique in Paris.

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