>> Marie, Marie, Marie->> A weekend of rallies for France's two presidential front runners. Far-right leader Marie Le Pen formally launching her campaign in Lyon, promising freedom and to shield voters from globalization.>>
On the other side of town, and the political divide, Centrist hopeful Emmanuel Macron rousing his supporters with an attack on Le Pen, mocking her slogan in the Name of the People.>>
>> Le Pen's anti-immigration National Front would betray France's ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity, says Macron, standing as an independent. The Le Pen camp responding with their own barbs that the investment banker and former economy minister is the candidate of international capitalism. Macron pollster's favorite to win since scandal engulfed Francois Fillon.
Front runner a week ago, Center-Right Fillon's under pressure to drop his presidential bid because of accusations that he paid his wife a large salary for nothing. His Republican party fears it could now miss the March deadline and field no candidate at all, leaving Macron and Le Pen to battle it out.
>> Latest polls predicting Macron will beat Le Pen in the election's second round in May.