>> A snap opinion poll showing 63% found Macron more convincing. Re-enforcing his status as favorite to win on Sunday.
And playing up his background is a former investment banker and economy minister, using the platform to criticize her 39 year old opponent as a smirking banker representing globalization gone wild. But Macron strut back telling Le Pen she was talking nonsense and not answering the questions. A point also raised by his supporters.
>> I think that Emmanuel Macron is really very, very good. He explains his manifesto well, despite Marine Le Pen's attacks. She's done nothing but attack him from the beginning. And we've not understood her program at all so far.>> Macron savaged Le Pen's flagship policy of abandoning the Euro, calling it a fatal plan that would unleash a currency war and pressing her on how it would work in practice.
The sharpest exchange was over national security, a sensitive issue in a country where more than 230 people have been killed by Islamist militants since 2015. The ill-tempered televised debate attracted millions of viewers.>>
Opinion polls show he has a strong of 20 percentage points over Le Pen.