Hollande Calls On French To Back Macron, Prevent Le Pen "Risk"

No rival French political party has yet endorsed Le Pen, who gained 21.3 percent of votes in the first round compared to Macron's 24 percent.

Opinion polls had indicated that Mr Macron will win at least 61% of votes.

The Socialist President described the FN as a danger to France, due to its history, its methodology and its links to similar far-right groups across Europe, Efe news reported.

Germany needs France in order to assert its own place in the world, including from a security perspective.

But Melenchon's spokesman Alexis Corbiere told French TV channel LCI that "for us the National Front is a danger" and urged viewers to not give "a single vote to the National Front".

The contest is widely seen as a litmus test for the populist wave that past year prompted Britain to vote to leave the European Union and US voters to elect Donald Trump president.

"I made a decision to leave the presidency of the National Front, and I am no longer the President of the National Front". In a television interview, she said that she wanted to be above "partisan considerations". It is largely symbolic, as she will only temporarily be replaced by the party's vice president, Jean-Fran├žois Jalkh, for two weeks, allowing her to concentrate exclusively on the presidential campaign. Another far-right candidate got 4.7 percent, and an additional five candidates split 4 percent of the vote.

"His platform is extremely close to ours".

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Le Pen's campaign took aim on Monday at what they see as further weak spots: Macron's previous job as an investment banker and his role as a deregulating economy minister under Hollande.

Speaking to France 2, she said: "Macron goes into the second round on a carpet of rose petals with nearly total support from the French mainstream media, elites, trade union organisations, entrepreneurs". He sold off national companies. Standing amid its workers in yellow hazard vests, she declared herself the candidate of France's workers.

President Hollande joined in on Tuesday, telling Macron that "a vote is earned, it's fought for" and that no one should think Le Pen's defeat was a "done deal". Jean-Marie Le Pen, who repeatedly has been convicted of crimes based on anti-Semitism and racism, founded the National Front party that his daughter took over, but a feud has divided the two.

Dominique Reynie, head of the Foundation for Political Innovation think-tank in Paris, believes Le Pen will not be elected because most French people worry about her scrapping the euro.

"Nothing's won yet", Macron said during a visit to a hospital near Paris.

Macron has already enlisted some 50 sitting Socialist lawmakers to his cause, as well as a number of centrist party grandees.

The rebranding speaks to an eerie convergence of the far-right and far-left in a country that has booted its mainstream parties from the presidential race for the first time in modern history.

Le Pen mocked her opponent who "walks on a carpet of roses, with all the compliments from the press, in a kind of unanimity".

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