Hollande urges French nationals not to vote for far-right leader Le Pen

French President Francois Hollande, seen in this still taken from video, speaks from the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, April 24, 2017. FRANCE TELEVISIONS POOL via REUTERS TV

France’s outgoing president, Francois Hollande, on Monday urged people to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in a vote to choose his successor next month and reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose place in the run-off represented a “risk” for France, Reuters reported.

According to Reuters, Macron and Le Pen, leader of the National Front (FN), go head-to-head on May 7 after taking the top two places in Sunday’s first round.

Opinion polls indicate that the business-friendly Macron, who has never held elected office, will take at least 61 percent of the vote against Le Pen after two defeated rivals pledged to back him to thwart her eurosceptic, anti-immigrant platform, Reuters explained.

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