PARIS ( Associated Press) — French President Emmanuel Macron held a major campaign rally in Marseille on Saturday, in a bid to attract younger voters who favor more politically extreme candidates in the first round of France’s presidential election. Explained about environment and climate achievements and future plans.
Citizens, and especially millennials, in Marseille, a multicultural southern French city on the Mediterranean, supported hard-left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon over centrist Macron in the first round of voting on April 10. Marseille’s young voters, who leaned mainly on the far right and far left last Sunday, are particularly attuned to climate issues – a point that Macron capitalized on in a spirited speech by the gleaming sea. was expected.
“I hear the anxiety that exists in so many of our young people. I see young people, teenagers, who are fearful about the future of our planet.”
Macron is facing right-wing rival Marine Le Pen in France’s presidential election on April 24.
For many people who voted for left-wing candidates in the first round, the presidential runoff vote is an unattainable choice between a candidate who is a curse to them, and a president, who some believe to be a candidate during their first round. rotated to the right of the centre. period. The outcome of the runoff may depend on how left-wing voters make up their mind: between supporting Macron or leaving him to defend himself against Le Pen.
Macron has a mixed green outlook, which he expects to improve. Although he was associated with the slogan “Make the Planet Great Again”, in his first five years in office, he surrendered to angry yellow vest protesters by abolishing tax hikes on fuel prices.
To cheer on Saturday, Macron said his next prime minister would be put in charge of environmental planning as France seeks to become carbon neutral by 2050. He promised more public transport across the country to keep people dependent on cars.
Even though Macron topped the first round of voting, the 44-year-old in power has admitted “nothing is certain” in the race to become France’s next leader. In Marseille, he targeted his rival Le Pen, who has gained more and more support in recent weeks.
“The far-right represents a threat to our country. Don’t just hiss on it, knock it over,” he said, warning about the political dangers posed by overconfident supporters who abstain in the crucial runoff vote.
Le Pen spent Saturday reaching voters in the village of Saint-Rémy-sur-Avre in northwestern France, where he visited an antiques market.
While campaigning on Friday, the two candidates were told their different stances on Muslim religious dress in public places – Le Pen wants headscarves banned in France, a country with Europe’s largest Muslim population. Is. Le Pen and Macron were both confronted by women in headscarves who asked why their clothing choices should be caught up in politics.
Across France, protesters are demonstrating against a range of issues ahead of the presidential race.
In the center of Paris on Saturday, environmental group Extinction Rebellion began a three-day demonstration against France’s inaction on climate issues. Activists say they aim to “put climate issues back at the center of the presidential debate.”
Hundreds of activists from environmental group XR are also asking both presidential candidates to make a commitment to protect the environment.
At the Paris march against racism on Saturday, many left-wing voters described the runoff choices as painful. Some said they would hold their nose and vote for Macron, just to block Le Pen. But many people said that they would not vote at all or would vote without a name. One marcher said he had barely slept and cried repeatedly as Mélénchon came third in the first round behind Le Pen.
Faridi Jomoi said he had voted for Macron in the first round, but he still protested with a sign that read, “Better a vote that stinks than a vote,” calling on the people of Le Pen. In hopes of convincing the president to rally around against it.
“The vote that stinks is Emmanuel Macron, because there have been so many problems under his leadership,” he said. “What kills the vote is the National Rally, Marine Le Pen, … a party founded on hatred.”
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