Election drama

Marine Le Pen takes big step toward becoming 1st woman president of France

National Front Leader Marine Le Pen (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Marine Le Pen advanced Sunday in France’s presidential election to the final round of voting where she’ll go head to head with Emmanuel Macron, a centrist candidate. The first round of the election was significant in that it produced two finalists who are not mainstream politicians. Le Pen, similar to Donald Trump, has been riding a wave of nationalism and anti-immigration sentiment. In her first remarks as the election results came in, Le Pen made reference to the themes that have propelled her unlikely rise.

“The great issue in this election is the rampant globalization that is putting our civilization at risk,” Le Pen, who has been critical of the E.U., said. She also took a swipe at her runoff opponent. She dismissed Macron as “the money king,” calling his attention to his background as an investment banker.

The outcome took Le Pen one step closer to making history by becoming France’s first woman president, however polls show that winning the runoff against Macron will be a tall order. One recent survey showed Le Pen as an nearly 2-to1 underdog against Macron in the runoff.

Read the full story at Reuters.

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