Local student reacts to contentious French presidential election

Getty Images              Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen appear headed for a runoff

Getty Images Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen appear headed for a runoff

The head of the Grand Mosque of Paris on Monday called on French Muslims to vote for centrist independent candidate Emmanuel Macron in the decisive presidential run-off on May 7.

The outgoing socialist president appears to be backing centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the race.

Another protest, dubbed "Neither Le Pen Nor Macron", is due to take place on the Place de la République on Thursday. (Onwards!) party structure as a "movement" transcending the left-right divide.

"I'm taking my leave of the presidency of the official National Front: I am only the candidate for the presidential election", Le Pen said in a statement.

This judgment of Macron is still strongly felt among numerous Sarkozy-faction though others, loosely represented by more moderate former prime minister Alain Juppe, have suggested they may choose to join in a majority of support for Macron.

Macron, who served as the economy minister to current French President Francois Hollande, supports remaining in the European Union.

Whichever candidate wins on May 7 will need to try to build a majority six weeks later in a parliament where the FN has only two seats and Macron's year-old En Marche! "What is at stake is France's make-up, its unity, its membership of Europe and its place in the world".

She said the French government must promote meat from France.

She says: "Let's promote the "eating French" especially in (school) canteens where our children must take advantage of healthy, quality products".

Both Macron and Le Pen campaigned as rebels who transcended the left-right divide. He said that in her position, he would have done a "Trump-style" campaign that would have been "very aggressive against those who are responsible for the country's decadency".

She prefaced her message with a tweet a day earlier asserting that she was the "candidate of the people".

She issued a scathing attack on her father at the time, accusing him of trying to "hijack the Front National with vulgar provocations".

And on Holocaust Remembrance day, European Jewish congress president Moshe Kantor said the National Front leader was "no less unsafe than her Holocaust-denying father who she has tried to hide" - expelled party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen.

As expected Marie Le Pen's odds have drifted to 5/6-1 to win France 2017.

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