French Politicians Make Desperate Call To Block Le Pen Presidency

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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PARIS — French politicians urged their supporters to stop populist Marine Le Pen from becoming president after the election results posted Sunday.

Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron will move on to a run-off election May 7, according to early exit polls. Conservative Francois Fillon finished third and conceded shortly after the first results were announced.

Fillon urged his supporters to back Macron in the run-off election, as Le Pen would divide the country.

“There’s no choice but to vote against extremism,” Fillon said in his concession speech.

Benoit Hamon finished at a historically low result for a candidate from the incumbent Socialist Party with just 6.8 percent’s support. Hamon told supporters to back Macron “even though he’s not from the left.”

Outgoing President Francois Hollande has previously made it clear that he will vote for any candidate going up against Le Pen.

“I trust the French people [to vote for someone] who will build upon my actions,” Hollande said in an April 12 interview with weekly magazine Le Point.

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