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>> French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen standing aside temporarily at least as the leader of the National Front, saying during a television interview, the president is the president of all French people and needs to unite them.>>
> Opening the battle for the second round votes, Le Pen attacked Macron as being weak on the issue of Islamist militancy and reaffirmed her promise to suspend the EU's open border agreement and expel foreigners on intelligence service watch lists.
And that's why I think it's essential to stand back temporarily from the leadership of the National Front. So, this evening, I'm no longer the president of the National Front, I am a candidate for the presidency of France.>> The move appears to be a mere formality, changing nothing in her campaign platform.
Le Pen finished a close second in Sunday's first round, between by centrist Emmanuel Macron. Most polls see the far-right candidate trailing her inexperienced rival 40 points to 60, in the run-off vote in two weeks' time. Her aim now is to widen her support base in order to beat Macron on May 7th.
In the same interview, expressing her confidence in doing just that, saying it's totally doable.>>
Outgoing French president, Francois Hollande, urging voters to back Macron on Monday saying Le Pen represents a risk for France.