Macron holds mass rally ahead of presidential election

Paris, Apr 2 (EFE).- French president Emmanuel Macron on Saturday held his first major campaign rally ahead of the country’s presidential elections, which he is tipped to win ahead of far-right opponent Marine Le Pen, according to the latest polls.

Seeking his second term in office, Macron addressed a packed out Paris La Defense Arena in a spectacle reminiscent of a Super Bowl show, complete with pyrotechnics and flag-waving.

The first round of the presidential vote is due to take place on April 10.

Macron was nominated by his centrist LREM party, created ahead of his victorious showing in the 2017 elections. His toughest opponent, according to opinion polls, is set to be Le Pen from the National Rally, formerly known as the Front National, a bastion of far-right politics in France.

In the first round, however, both face competition from the left-wing Jean-Luc Melenchon, the far-right Eric Zemmour, the conservative Valerie Pecresse and Paris’ socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo.

An expected run-off vote between the leading two candidates is slated for May 7. EFE


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