Axar.az
UP
31 March 2017


French presidential candidate Macron won TV debate

Home page Politics
12 Punto 14 Punto 16 Punto 18 Punto

Centrist Emmanuel Macron solidified his status as frontrunner in France's presidential election on Monday in a televised debate during which he clashed on immigration and Europe with his main rival, far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

A snap opinion poll showed Macron, a former economy minister who has never run for public office before, was seen as the most convincing among the top five contenders in a marathon debate of nearly three and a half hours that delivered no knock-outs.

The debate, and the two others that will follow ahead of the April 23 first round, are seen as key in an election in which nearly 40 percent of voters say they are not sure who to back.

Macron clashed with Le Pen when she talked about a rise of radicalism in France and said he was in favor of the burkini, a full-body swimsuit worn by some Muslim women that stirred much controversy in France last summer.

Opinion polls have for weeks shown Le Pen and Macron, an independent centrist who used to be Socialist President Francois Hollande’s economy minister, pulling away from the pack in an election full of twists and turns which is taking place against a backdrop of high unemployment and sluggish growth.

Twenty-nine percent of viewers thought Macron was the most convincing, ahead of firebrand leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon with 20 percent, while Le Pen and conservative Francois Fillon were tied in third place, a snap survey conducted online by Elabe pollsters towards the end of the debate showed. Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon came in last.

Date
2017.03.21 / 16:14
Author
Axar.az
Comments
See also

Germany to look into firm hiring Russian extras

US senator: Russia 'tried to hijack US election'

Turkey expects better expectation with Trump on Syria

Netanyahu set to approve first West Bank settlement

2 German firms want to help US to build wall

Russia-US cooperation on Syria is being established

Greece close to deal with EU and IMF creditors

Russia has many friends in the U.S.

Duterte faces 2nd impeachment challenge

Israel cuts $2mln in UN funding

Latest
 
Xocalı soyqırımı — 1992-ci il Bağla
Bize yazin Bağla
ArxivBağla