French presidential candidates’ mass rallies

Just a week until the first round of voting in France’s presidential elections. The top two candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen are preparing for large rallies in Paris.

The anti-EU Le Pen is currently just ahead of Macron in polling before the first round vote this coming Sunday, although her lead has shrunk recently.

Ahead of the campaign speeches, the former economy minister Macron criticised neighbour Germany’s disproportionate economic power in the European Union in a Monday interview: “It is not good for its own economy, nor for the economy in the Eurozone. An adjustment needs to be made,” he said, without elaborating further on specifics.

Conservative candidate Francois Fillon will also speak to voters on Monday, in Nice, while leftist politician Jean-Luc Melenchon will be doing a boat tour through Paris in an attempt to garner voters’ attention.

The two candidates with the most votes in this Sunday’s election will then progress to a run-off vote on May 7.