Plagiarism or a 'wink'? Le Pen's copied speech targets right

Elsewhere in Europe, a small group of Italian demonstrators clashed with police as they tried to break through a police barrier in the northern city of Turin.

Police officers are set on fire after being hit by a petrol bomb during May Day worker's protests in central Paris.

The French would take a "business as usual attitude" as a "betrayal" he warned. However, the parties of the two top candidates for this year's French presidential elections greatly differ from the most prominent political ideologies.

Philharmonic director Laurent Bayle said: "We who want to keep living in societies based on differences, we need step up the effort through this week and call a maximum of people to spread our message of friendship".

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen says the verbatim parts of a former rival's speech that she used in one of her own campaign addresses was a "wink" and that she "totally owns" it.

Speaking at a convention centre in northern Paris, Macron, however, said Le Pen "had fed off worry and hate for years".

Le Pen called Macron the candidate of "the caviar left" and "moralizing snobbery" and warned that his pro-business policies wouldn't create jobs but send them overseas and leave French workers hungry.

One of Macron's toughest tasks is to persuade those who backed the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, to transfer their support to him.

Dominic Thomas, professor of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA, believes the electorate faces a similar scenario to 2002 when Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the National Front and Marine's father, made it through to the second round.

"We are the real renewal party and she has a really hard time with that".

Protesters battle through tear gas grenades during Paris clashes.


Although five major unions have urged their members not to vote for Ms Le Pen, only two have expressed their support for Mr Macron.

He said: "She is not Joan of Arc but she accepts the same mission".

According to polls released in the past 24 hours, Le Pen continues to trail by about 20 points. The comment was a reference to Macron's time as economy minister under the unpopular Socialist President Francois Hollande. Macron once served as Hollande's economy minister.

Ms Le Pen has vowed to have a referendum on the membership of the European Union within six months if she wins the final run-off on Sunday, May 7.

Philippe Martinez, CGT leader, said he was in "deep disagreement" with this stance, saying the official union line is "not a single vote for Marine Le Pen".

But amid concerns in his camp that a high abstention rate could help Le Pen's chances, company bosses, celebrities and scientific researchers called in newspaper editorials for people to vote for Macron, who styles himself as "neither of the left nor the right".

Protesters push a burning trolley towards police during violent scenes in central Paris at May Day march.

She warned that his pro-business policies would not create jobs but send them overseas and leave French workers hungry.

In Paris Mr Macron appeared on the bridge where Moroccan man Brahim Bourram was thrown to his death by skinheads during a 1995 FN march.

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is visiting the Holocaust Memorial in Paris with a somber message: Never again.

Macron hugged Said Bourram, who was 9 when his father was killed.

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