Le Pen on the Offensive Ahead of Second Round Voting

Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen and her lieutenants pounded her rival Emmanuel Macron, as the front-runner in the race for the French presidency remained quiet for a second day.

Thirty-six hours after they took the top spots in the first round of the presidential election and progressed to the May 7 run-off, Le Pen, 48, has been interviewed on one of the main evening news shows and visited Paris’s wholesale food market, while 39-year-old Macron has barely been seen. Polls suggest Macron should win the runoff by at least 20 percentage points, the latest one Tuesday from OpinionWay showed Macron would get 61 percent.

“His project is to deregulate everything: labor, trade, borders, immigration,” Florian Philippot, vice-president of Le Pen’s National Front, said on France Info radio Tuesday. “He’d be in a better position to lecture if he had a good record at the economy ministry, but he destroyed jobs, increased debt, and contributed to the de-industrialization of France.”

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.