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01 May 2017, 04:42 | Gerardo Harmon
France's Presidential election heats up as posters of Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron are seen here.
French far-right National Front leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Sunday proposed a dual currency system for France, a national currency for its home economy and another for worldwide trade as, in her opinion, the "euro is dead".
Her pugnacious father Jean-Marie Le Pen reached the run-off of the 2002 presidential election, but was soundly beaten by the centre-right Jacques Chirac.
He visited Paris's Holocaust memorial. Le Pen's supporters, on the other hand, will nearly certainly flock to the polls to vote for her, demonstrating the disciplined fanaticism for which the National Front has always been known.
Ms. Le Pen said she had reached an agreement with Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, a right-wing politician who shares her distrust of the European Union and globalization and who gathered 4.7 percent of the vote, or almost 1.7 million ballots, in the election's first round.
Le Pen herself, who has worked for years to detoxify her party's image, laid a wreath at a memorial to France's deported Jews in Marseille on Sunday, a national day of remembrance.
CGT leader Philippe Martinez said he "deeply disagreed" with that approach, arguing that Le Pen and Macron "are not the same thing".
Her event will be opened by Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, a conservative candidate from the first-round election who shocked many French by agreeing to be Ms Le Pen's prime minister if she wins the presidency.
The deportation of French Jews to Nazi Germany holds a highly sensitive place in the national psyche.
This time if turnout is low in the second round analysts say Macron could struggle to reproduce the same broad movement against the National Front candidate, citing his mainly free-market policies at a time when anti-establishment feeling has been on the rise in Europe and the United States. We have today a duty that it never happens again. All these lives are mowed down by the extremes, by barbarism.
Despite the softening in her stance though, Le Pen made clear in a video published on newspaper Le Parisien's website on Sunday that she was still intent on leaving the euro eventually.
Last week her anti-immigrant National Front (FN) became embroiled in controversy over the choice of an interim leader who had been accused of praising a Holocaust denier.
Jamet told BFM that that Stand up France was losing its "purity" by backing the National Front and that the Le Pen-Dupont-Aignan alliance is "a couple that doesn't please me".
Macron hugged Said Bourram, who was 9 when his father was killed.
And he received long-awaited support from eurosceptic Jean-Luc Melenchon, who crashed out of the race in the first round.
Macron finished first on 24 percent, ahead of Le Pen with 21.3 percent, Fillon with 20 percent and Melenchon with 19.6 percent.
But in a statement outlining a new alliance with a small nationalist party on Saturday, she said there was no rush to dump the single currency, and that other policy changes might take precedence. According to Pollsters Ifop, who asked French voters who they would vote for if Macron and Le Pen goes through to the second round, Macron will win against Le Pen at 60.93 percent versus 39.07 percent.
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