Macron Resumes Campaigning After Facing Criticism

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron returns to the campaign trail Wednesday after widespread criticism that a victory dinner he offered his team Sunday was premature and inappropriate given the deep divisions in the country.

After Macron and Marine Le Pen emerged as finalists in the presidential contest with 24 percent and 21 percent of the vote respectively, she immediately appeared before the cameras, while Macron was largely silent. On Tuesday, he appeared on the evening news to defend himself before heading to France’s de-industrializing north Wednesday to meet with workers at a Whirlpool plant that’s closing.

“I am not defending some happy, naive globalization,” he said on France 2 television, touching on the key issue of the battle. “When I hear Madame Le Pen, her formulas, her tone, I see much more brutality than on my side.”

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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.