France's Le Pen steps down as party leader

France's Le Pen steps down as party leader

Most polls see Le Pen trailing her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron 40 points to 60, and she has to widen her support if she can hope to beat him in the run-off on May 7.

On France 2 television, Mr Macron said the 48-year-old Ms Le Pen would bring disaster to the economy and divide it with "hatred". "I am the candidate for the French presidency", Le Pen said, "I will feel more free and above all, above party politics, which I think is important", the BBC reported.

Final voting figures from the weekend's first round had put frontrunner Mr Macron top with 23.7 per cent share of the vote and Ms Le Pen, the far-right candidate, just behind on 21.5 per cent.

The first opinion poll published after Sunday's results showed Macron beating far-right candidate Le Pen in the second round by 61 percent to 39 percent. The Socialist candidate, Benoit Hamon, received a scant 6.4 percent, probably based on what the French consider to have been the miserable performance of the current Socialist president, Francois Hollande, commonly known by his critics as "Nul" ("zero").

As the country's presidential race heats up, its far-right populist candidate has declared that she's ditching her party altogether to court the whole of France. She inherited her father's party and we will undoubtedly have Le Pens running for the next 20 years.

MPs vote in favour of snap General Election on 8 June
The main opposition Labour Party has 229 seats, but numerous party's MPs are estranged from their leader Jeremy Corbyn. Downing Street said the June election will not affect May's Brexit timetable.

Dalil Boubakeur urged the country's almost 5 million Muslims to "vote massively" to elect Macron, describing the second round of the vote as "decisive for the destiny of France and its religious minorities".

Head-to-head: Emmanuel Macron will meet Marine Le Pen in the runoff.

Jean-Marie Pen told France Inter radio on Tuesday that he would have done a "Trump-style" campaign that would have been "very aggressive against those who are responsible for the country's decadency".

Le Pen seized on the flurry of endorsements for Macron from the ruling Socialists and main opposition Republicans - both of which crashed out in the first round - as proof he was the choice of a discredited old guard. Le Pen has denounced legal proceedings against her as political interference. The oligarchy has already installed Emmanuel Macron in the president's seat.

There is also the question of French parliamentary elections in June.

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