Sunday, December 04, 2022

Macron Court Marseille Voters; Climate activist in Paris

PARIS : French President Emmanuel Macron is holding a major campaign rally in Marseille to try to attract voters who support a leftist candidate in the first round of French presidential election, away from Macron’s April 24 presidential run. -Drawer with challenger Marine Le Pen.

Voters in the multicultural southern French Mediterranean city – which has often been associated with racism and gang violence – supported hard-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon against centrist Macron in the first round of voting on April 10, which rejected 10 candidates. . Melenchon finished third behind Macron and Le Pen.

But even as Macron comes out on top, second-place Le Pen and far-right support in France is growing, the 44-year-old has publicly acknowledged that “nothing is certain” in the hard race to become France’s next leader. “.

Le Pen spent Saturday reaching voters in Saint-Rémy-sur-Avre, a village 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 second and final presidential election.

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.

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