Emmanuel Macron and his presidential rival Marine Le Pen clashed over terrorism, the economy and Europe in a 160 minute debate.

Within the first minutes of the debate Le Pen branded the former economy minister and investment banker as “the candidate of the elite” and a “darling of the system”.

Macron responded that Le Pen was a liar and a “parasite of the system” who [played] “with fear”

Mr Macron admitted that France had failed to tackle unemployment for nearly 30 years, and said his solution would be to give small and medium-sized companies the opportunities to create more jobs and be more flexible. Ms Le Pen simply responded asking why he could not have done these things during his time as economy minister. Le Pen also accused her rival of being too content when it comes to Islamic fundamentalism.

So far, the test polls state that the French people are more likely to elect Macron, however it is close and test polls don’t always reflect the final result.

The French Election ends on the 7th of May.

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