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Macron-Le Pen debate: key moments in the French election head-to-head

By Jon Henley

20 Apr 2022 · 5 min read

The two finalists in France’s presidential elections faced off in a live TV debate that could be crucial in persuading wavering voters – particularly on the left – four days before the decisive second-round vote. Here are some of the highlights of what was, on the whole, a far more civilised exchange than their encounter five years ago:

Asked to open the debate by stating what kind of president she would be, Marine Le Pen says she would be “a president of daily life, of the value of work … A president of national fraternity, uniting the national around a collective project. Another choice is possible,” she says. Macron says he has traversed a “difficult time” with the country, a time when “fears, concerns are there”. He aims to continue to do so because “I believe that we can make our country more independent, and stronger”.

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