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At meat market, the far-right Le Pen backs "eating French"

25 April 2017

"The market nightmare scenario has been averted with Macron set to face off against Le Pen in the second round", said Neil Wilson, senior market analyst at ETX Capital, in a note.

"The challenge is to break completely with the system which has been unable to find solutions to the problems of our country for more than 30 years", he said Sunday.

"Faced with such a risk it is impossible to remain silent or indifferent", he said. If this support reflects in the popular will, Mr. Macron will repeat history.

Ms Le Pen entered politics in the shadow of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who founded the Front National in 1972.

France's traditional political class suffered a stunning blow in the election, with voters fleeing the Socialists and conservative Republicans who have governed for the past half century in favour of the extremes or outsiders.

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"They're preparing for afterwards, for 2022", Crepon said, referring to the next presidential election.

Speaking on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Moshe Kantor described Le Pen as "dangerous" and added that it was "extremely regrettable that more than one in five French voters voted for Le Pen".

A snap Ipsos survey late on Sunday suggested that Macron, who's aiming to be the country's youngest head of state, would win by 62 percent to 38 percent for Le Pen, who would be the country's first female president.

The euro last traded at $1.0866, off Monday's peak of around $1.0940, its highest level since November 10, after centrist Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French presidential elections.

In 2015, his daughter pushed him out of the party because he had refused to desist from anti-Semitic provocations that were undermining both her bid to become French president and her big to make the National Front an acceptable political alternative.

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Turnout was 78 per cent, down slightly from the 79 per cent turnout in the first round of presidential voting in 2012.

"We are in a phase of decomposition, demolition, deconstruction", former Socialist prime minister Manuel Valls said.

In the end, Mr Fillon trailed in third with 20.01 per cent, ahead of radical left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon on 19.58 per cent.

Asian equities were steady on Tuesday and the euro retained gains as markets' euphoria over a centrist victory in the first round of the French presidential election subsided, though near-term investor sentiment remains positive.

Hollande - whose ratings have been in the doldrums for several years now - said today he would vote for Macron. "He is a hysterical, radical 'Europeanist.' He is for total open borders".

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At meat market, the far-right Le Pen backs