Macron and Le Pen clash in TV debate ahead of election | DW News


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Macron and Le Pen clash in TV debate ahead of election | DW News



French President Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen faced off in their only campaign debate on Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s decisive second round of the presidential election.

For Le Pen, who lags behind Macron in voter surveys, it was a chance to close the gap, and for the incumbent, an opportunity to defend his five-year record.

Le Pen has been criticized for her ties to Russia. But during the debate, she said she wanted to express her solidarity with Ukrainians, a clear sign that she wanted to sweep aside her past ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The only sanctions I disagree with is the blocking of Russian oil and gas imports. Why do I disagree? Because in reality it will do no harm to Russia and will do enormous harm to our people.”

Macron took a hit at his contender, saying she was beholden to Russian financing.

“You are dependent on the Russian government and you are dependent on Mr Putin,” Macron said, referring to a loan agreed by Le Pen’s party with a Czech-Russian bank which he said was “close to the Russian government.”

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  1. I don't have much idea about France.
    I respect Macron but when I heard that he is selling weapons to Russia, I was disappointed like others whose sentiments are for Ukraine.
    He criticized Le Penn of being dependent to Puttin and infact he has hidden agenda with Russia "selling weapons". NATO sanctions Russia.

    I don't like Russia the way they become agressor and invading country like Ukraine.
    The war in Ukraine will not end unless the dealer of weapons stop supplying the agressor.
    Let Puttin experience shortage of weapons and fall.
    They have to support Ukraine to win this war and to stop this crazy leader of Russia, so that all will live in peace and back to normal life.

  2. Macron……why are so many French companies having business with Russian? French banks are the most exposed to Russian customers. Why?
    Please tell the French people why..This happens under your watch

  3. Why is it that the challenger has to have her name followed by 'Far right' every time she's introduced? How about 'Macron' 'weirdo who married his school teacher' For some balance?

  4. Attack is clearly the wrong choice of word. A president debating the national position in the EU using facts in an unemotional and objective manner does not warrant such exaggerated misinformation as to accuse Macron of attacking Le Pen.

  5. At least both of them are not fond of Islam
    But banning hijab is too much there's no strong reasons to do so .I'd rather go for banning religious education in schools

  6. Le Pen is a disaster, her only good policy was to ban the burka, but I'm glad she lost because having a Putin stooge running France is too high a price to pay for that.

  7. Breaking news! Experts expect the bottom line of China's stock market to fall at 2600 points! China's stock market is currently down to 3000 points! In other words, you still have 400 points of short profit space! Don't you want a 400 point short profit?

  8. NO MORE PUTINS FRIENDS ! FRANCE DOESNT NEED TIES WITH THAT KILLER. HOW LEPEN WANTED TO BECOME THE PRESIDENT WHEN SHE WAS DEALING WITH PUTIN? NOONE LIKES WAR. NOONE LIKES AGRESSION. LEPEN is OUT.

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