French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron on Monday paid homage to a young Moroccan man who drowned in the Seine 22 years ago after being pushed into the river by skinheads on the fringes of the National Front's traditional May Day rally. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron on Monday (May 1) paid homage to a young Moroccan man who drowned in the Seine 22 years ago. In an anniversary gesture clearly aimed at painting the National Front (FN) as extremist a week before he faces its candidate Marine Le Pen in a run-off vote for the presidency, Macron met with a relative of the victim and observed a minute's silence on the riverbank. Bouarram, a 29-year old father of two, was thrown into the Seine by a group of skinheads leaving a May Day rally held nearby in Paris by Le Pen's father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who was party leader at the time. Macron's tribute, in the presence of Bouarram's son Said, took place just as Jean-Marie Le Pen, the father of Marine, addressed this year's FN May Day rally near the statue of national heroine, Joan of Arc, a few hundred metres away. The tribute to Bouarram is the latest attempt by Macron, a pro-Europe centrist, to remind voters of what he and other critics see as the National Front's racist and anti-Semitic legacy.