Macron and Le Pen fight for working-class vote
France’s presidential candidates battled for the working-class vote in a day of sometimes violent protests ahead of next Sunday’s election.
High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our T&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email email@example.com to buy additional rights.
As May Day workers’ rights marches were being held across the country, the National Front’s Marine Le Pen attacked her rival Emmanuel Macron as an “enemy of the people” who represented finance and “savage globalisation”.
The rancour and confusion of the campaign spilled on to the streets, with some trade unions refusing to back Mr Macron against the far-right Ms Le Pen and clashes between riot police and masked youths in Paris. Some protesters threw Molotov cocktails, wounding at least three police officers.
Seeking to exploit the divisions among the left, which rallied to support the centre-right Jacques Chirac in his race against her father 15 years ago, Ms Le Pen has sought to frame this year’s contest against Mr Macron, a former Rothschilds banker, as a confrontation between the elite and ordinary workers.