French Presidency, On the last day of campaigning, France’s presidential candidates rushed to convince voters that their unique political brand – and not the other candidates’ – is the best option for voters in one of the world’s richest big democracies, according to a Media report.
In his campaign for reelection, President Emmanuel Macron, a centrist incumbent, has emphasised the need of unity.
On Friday, he launched a scathing attack on the nationalist competitor he will face in a runoff on Sunday, accusing far-right leader Marine Le Pen of attempting to split France over the issue of Islam.
“The far-right thrives on fear and fury, which in turn breeds resentment. It asserts that isolating some segments of society is the solution
“Macron made the announcement on France Inter radio. “(However,) I’d want to make an attempt to respond. as well as allowing us to live together as a country.”
He acknowledged that Le Pen had quick reflexes and resonance with some voters, and he added that “she has managed to draw on some of the things we did not manage to do, on some of the things I did not manage to do to pacify some of the anger, respond quickly to what voters want to pacify some of the anger.”
The two presidential candidates must make their last pitches to the French public before the campaigning for the presidential runoff is constitutionally mandated to finish at midnight on December 31st, 2018.
Macron is on his way to Figeac, a town located deep in the heart of France’s southern heartland, where he is scheduled to speak in the afternoon.
At a marketplace near Le Touquet, Le Pen is campaigning in the north of France, in Etaples — a strategic decision on the penultimate day of the campaign, given that it is the district in which Macron himself votes.
Following a bruising televised discussion with Macron earlier this week, the head of the National Rally demonstrated a confrontational demeanor, which helped boost some of her polling ratings.
In an interview with C-News, Le Pen urged French citizens to study her manifesto and recognize the shortcomings of Macron’s five-year stint in office. She reacted to accusations that her policies were not able to withstand close examination.
In her statement, she stated, “I appeal on the French to verify for themselves and develop an opinion by reading what I plan to do in response to Emmanuel Macron’s rampage.”
Edited by – Vanshika Sahu
Published by – Mohd Faizan