Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that far-right opponent Marine Le Pen revealed her true nature in the pair's televised debate. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron said Thursday (May 4) that far-right opponent Marine Le Pen revealed her true nature after the two presidential hopefuls clashed over their vision of France's future in an ill-tempered televised debate on Wednesday (May 3) before Sunday's (May 7) run-off vote. The two went into the debate with opinion polls showing Macron with a strong lead of 20 percentage points over the National Front's Le Pen in what is widely seen as France's most important election in decades. For Le Pen, the two-and-a-half hour debate, watched by millions, was a last major chance to persuade voters of the merits of her program, which includes cracking down on illegal immigration, ditching the euro and holding a referendum on EU membership. However, 63 per cent of viewers found Macron more convincing than Le Pen in the debate, according to a snap opinion poll by Elabe for BFMTV, reinforcing his status as the favourite to win on Sunday.