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French voters skeptical Macron, Le Pen have answers

Staff Writer |
A week before the decisive second round in France's presidential election, many voters are skeptical that either of the two candidates can solve unemployment or tackle security concerns.

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The Ifop survey for the Journal du Dimanche highlights two key battlegrounds as centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right opponent Marine Le Pen enter a final week of campaigning - France's economy and borders.

Polls predict that Macron, a former economy minister, will win the May 7 run-off with about 59-60 percent.

But the momentum has recently been with Le Pen, who has clawed back about five percentage points over the past week.

According to the Ifop poll, 45 percent of voters believe the two finalists would not put an end to unemployment, which has for years stood close to 10 percent in France.

And 36 percent say neither candidate is able to protect France from attacks.

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