presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron has been booed and heckled
with chants backing his far-right rival Marine Le Pen in his home
incident happened outside the Whirlpool appliance factory in northern
city of Amiens after Macron arranged to meet the plant workers' union
representatives, without actually visiting the facility.
only arrived there after Le Pen turned up unannounced outside the
plant and posed for selfies with workers.
Pen fails to attract voters within north stronghold
knows what side Emmanuel Macron is on - he is on the side of the
corporations," Le Pen said. "I am on the workers' side,
here in the car park, not in restaurants in Amiens."
arriving, Macron told angry workers that the only reason that anti-EU
Le Pen had come was "because I'm here".
also retorted on Twitter that she had spent "10 minutes with her
supporters in a car park in front of the cameras" whereas he had
spent "an hour and a half with union representatives and no
Pen's campaign coup
Jazeera's Natacha Butler, speaking from Arras, said Le Pen showed
Macron that "the gloves are off in the battle for the French
was totally upstaged by the far-right leader. It was a real campaign
coup. It perhaps shows what some people have been saying that he is
inexperienced," she said. "Marine Le Pen is a veteran
politician. She knows how to campaign hard."
factory operated by Whirlpool, a US multinational company, is
threatened with outsourcing to Poland.
was in Amiens to try to counter accusations that he had made a
complacent start to campaigning for the presidential runoff on May 7.
winning Sunday's contest with 24.1 percent to Le Pen's 21.3 percent,
Macron gave an exuberant victory speech followed by a high-profile
celebration at La Rotonde bistro in Paris, drawing criticism from
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Party chief Jean-Christophe Cambadelis told French radio: "He
was smug. He wrongly thought that it was a done deal. It's not a done
Francois Hollande appeared on Tuesday to admonish his former economy
minister for not taking the fight to Le Pen immediately after the
shot back, saying: "I will continue to fight for two weeks ... I
will defend the progressive camp to the end."
poll on Wednesday suggested that Macron will defeat Le Pen by a
margin of 21 points, but as the day's events showed, the far-right
candidate is a more experienced political campaigner.
the shocks of Britain's vote to leave the European Union and Donald
Trump's unlikely ascent to the White House, analysts say a late surge
by Le Pen is still possible.
key factor in the race is which candidate the supporters of
Communist-backed Jean-Luc Melenchon, who finished in fourth place
with 19.58 percent on Sunday, will support in the run-off.
faced criticism after he failed to urge people who voted for him to
get behind Macron as part of the so-called "republican front",
the decades-old French tactic of closing ranks to block the
spokesman Alexis Corbiere said the hard-left firebrand would not
however, told French TV channel LCI earlier Wednesday that "for
us the National Front is a danger" and urged viewers to not give
"a single vote to the National Front".
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