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.”