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Le Pen defends “the idea of ​​centuries of nation”; Macron talks about France's “opening”

Cartazes de campanha de Le Pen e Macron em local de votação para cidadãos franceses em Genebra, na Suíça

Le Pen and Macron campaign posters at polling place for French citizens in Geneva, Switzerland
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10180516With exit polls indicating that centrist Emmanuel Macron and rightist Marine Le Pen should repeat the clash of 2022 in the second round of this year’s French presidential election, scheduled for in April, the two candidates and their opponents in the first vote this Sunday (10) already talk about the prospects for the next two weeks of the campaign.

Le Pen thanked him for the “honor” of having advanced to the second round and stated that his program of government represents “the incarnation of social justice around a centuries-old idea of ​​nation and people. Everyone who did not vote for Emmanuel Macron is called to join this movement.” Stanislas Guerini, president of Macron’s party, Republic on the Move!, declared that “a new campaign is starting tonight and a project conflict. “A project of progress, of unity, of a country, for Europe, and a project of submission to Vladimir Putin [presidente russo], of leaving the European Union”, he claimed.

Macron himself spoke of “putting into practice the project of progress, openness and independence of France that we defend during this campaign.”

Leftist candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon stated that “we know who we will never vote for”. “And for the rest, the French know what to do, they are able to decide what to do. You must not vote for Mrs Le Pen. Now let’s open the page and the people who supported me will decide what to do”, he commented.Among the other defeated candidates, Valérie Pécresse, center-right, socialist Anne Hidalgo, ecologist Yannick Jadot and communist Fabien Roussel also expressed their opposition to Le Pen.

The rightist Éric Zemmour recommended that its voters vote for the right in 24 April. “I have a lot of disagreements [com ela], but there’s a man standing up to Marine Le Pen who hasn’t said a word about security, immigration, it will do worse if he’s elected. There is something much bigger than all of us and that is France,” he justified. The sovereign Nicolas Dupont-Aignan also expressed support for Le Pen.

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