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>> Boos for Emmanuel Macron, Wednesday, showing the second round of the French presidency won't be an easy ride, even if pollsters expect him to thrash the far-right Marine Le Pen, with about 60% of the vote in a runoff on May the 7th. The centrist and former banker got a rough reception from striking workers at a tumble dryer factory in northern France.
And Le Pen sought to steal his thunder with a surprise visit the same day. The strikers jeers underscore the delicate balance Macron must tread especially on the economy. The center right wooing him Wednesday with a charm offensive that aims at more than just keeping Le Pen out of the presidential palace.
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy threw his weight behind him Wednesday. Republican candidate Francois Fillon has done the same. Macron's centrist political movement is just a year old and risks being a minority in Parliament. So the Republicans hope to do well enough in June Parliamentary elections to offer him a shoulder to lean on in return for the premiership.
Adding to Macron's challenges, hackers. His campaign team confirming they've been targeted by sophisticated phishing attempts trying to trick them into handing over their email credentials. And Le Pen, of course, remaining a force to be reckoned with. Her campaign unveiling a new patriotic slogan for the second round, Choose France.
Now mentioned on the post of her National Front Party, the day after she stepped down from its leadership to troll for broader support from voters.