At meat market, the far-right Le Pen backs "eating French"

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Centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has launched a political offensive against far-right leader Marine Le Pen, saying her platform is based on the "hatred for others" in contrast to his desire to "calm" the country.

Le Pen follows in the footsteps of her father Jean-Marie, who made it through to the 2002 presidential run-off in what was a political natural disaster for France.

"It seemed essential to me to take leave of the presidency of the FN".

Le Pen won 21.4 percent of the vote on Sunday to 23.9 percent for Macron, who is now projected to defeat her by a margin of about 20 points in the runoff.

The founder of the far-right National Front is once again expressing his disappointment with his daughter's campaign.

This is at least the perspective of punters as reported by Oddschecker which has seen a jump in bets for a Le Pen win.

He will face off with Le Pen, the 48-year-old head of the far-right National Front, who won 21.53 percent.

While Macron had arranged to meet Whirlpool workers' union representatives without actually visiting the plant, Le Pen turned up unannounced outside the plant and posed for selfies with workers and attacked her rival.

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On the other side, Macron, a pro-business candidate, said he belongs to the "progressive camp" with a project "to make France succeed... in a stronger Europe". French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, center, poses for a picture after a visit at the Raymond Poincare hospital in Garches, outside Paris, France, Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

"Hollande has asked ministers to fully commit themselves in the election campaign to ensure that Marine Le Pen has the lowest possible result", French presidential spokesman, Stephane Le Foll, said at the Council of Ministries on Wednesday.

But even presidential candidates sometimes have to face criticism from the family.

Since securing her berth in the run-off, Le Pen has turbo-charged her campaign with a string of appearances and statements, leaving her opponent on the back foot.

The conservative Le Figaro daily lamented the defeat of the conservative Republicans, whose scandal-hit candidate Francois Fillon trailed in third with 19.9 per cent.

"Tonight, I am no longer the president of the National Front".

The factory in Amiens, where the production of dryers is due to stop next year and shift to Poland, joins a list of threatened plants that have become symbolic of job losses in French presidential campaigns.