France's far-right reaches across spectrum as runoff looms

2017-04-24 11:31
In Paris, a volunteer holds a ballot with the name of Emmanuel Macron on as votes are counted for the first-round presidential election. (Emilio Morenatti, AP)

In Paris, a volunteer holds a ballot with the name of Emmanuel Macron on as votes are counted for the first-round presidential election. (Emilio Morenatti, AP)

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Paris - France's far right is reaching out to voters who backed the defeated far-left contender, hoping to peel away voters from the extremes of the political spectrum.

The May 7 runoff will be between the populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, and French politicians on the moderate left and right immediately urged voters to block Le Pen's path to power.

The defeated far-left candidate, Jean-Luc Melenchon, pointedly refused to do the same.

Le Pen offers an alternative for anyone sceptical of the European Union and France's role in it, said Louis Aliot, the vice president of the National Front party.

He spoke on Monday to RTL radio after the earthshaking vote that saw France's mainstream political parties shut out of the presidency for the first time in modern history.

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