French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron told backers of Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Melenchon that he understands their anger, seeking to extend his reach among voters with five days before the country’s most tumultuous presidential election in recent history.
With the populist candidates from the far right and far left garnering more that 40 percent of the vote in the first round of the election on April 23, luring them is a key piece of any winning strategy for Macron. The front-runner pledged he will take into account factors that have driven voters to extreme parties if he’s elected president next week.
“I hear this anger,” Macron said on RMC radio Tuesday. “I’ll never judge someone who votes for the National Front. You’ll never hear me with this sort of moralizing discourse.”
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