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Hundreds march against far-right French presidential hopeful

Far-right candidate for the presidential election Marine Le Pen speaks during a campaign meeting in Perpignan southwestern France Saturday April 15 2017. The two-round presidential election is set for April 23 and May 7 German President Urges French to Resist Appeals of EU Skeptics
Melinda Barton | 21 April, 2017, 19:05

Le Pen, whom polls show leading the first round with centrist Emmanuel Macron on around 22-24 percent each, returned to her party's core themes of immigration and Islam Saturday to try to mobilise her base.

On Sunday, German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, seemingly interfered in the French election campaign, urging voters "not to listen to the siren songs of those who promise you a great French future after getting rid of all that is part of France today - guaranteeing European stability and being a pillar of the European Union", in an apparent reference to Le Pen's rhetoric.

A week before France's presidential election, President Francois Hollande warned the candidates against scapegoating Europe, and self-styled revolutionary Jean-Luc Melenchon tore into scandal-hit conservative Francois Fillon.

A recent surge in the polls for far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, has observers worrying that Le Pen's strongest opponent, Emanual Macron, could be eliminated before the second round. And conservative Francois Fillon is taking his tough-on-security campaign to Nice, scarred by a deadly truck attack previous year. However, Macron, who still remains the favourite of eventually winning the second round if he faces Le Pen or Melenchon - providing he finishes in the first two in the first round, appears to be yet another globalist clone backed by the politically correct agenda.

Melenchon and the comeback conservative Francois Fillon have narrowed the gap with her and Macron to about three points, blowing the race wide open.

Inside the complex, the crowd waves flags and chanted "we're in our land" as they waited for the event to start. "I have not been given gifts", Macron said.

"I am not from the far left", the leader of the La France Insoumise (Unbowed France) movement said, insisting he was "ready to govern". A presidential runoff is being held May 7.

The heated atmosphere in the French capital, which seems to be consumed by the presidential campaign, led to violent clashes outside the Zenith concert hall, where Le Pen amassed her supporters.

Front-runner Macron, a former economy minister and investment banker who has attempted to break the mould of French politics by launching a new centrist party, opted for a lower-profile visit in the Paris area on Sunday to people with difficulties finding housing.

"The fate of Europe rests in the hands of a country that looks at snails and says 'I have got to get you in my mouth, '" Oliver said.

"The money I earned in my life, I earned it".

With just a week to go before the first round of France's presidential election, the demonstrators marched from the multi-ethnic northern suburb of Aubervilliers to a Paris neighborhood where Le Pen is scheduled to hold a rally on Monday, France24 reported.

Fillon is accused of paying his wife for work she never did, but he's convinced the scandal won't hurt his chances on election day.

Fillon denies wrongdoing and is focusing instead on security issues that resonate with many voters after two years of deadly attacks across the country.