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The candidates for the presidency of France, the current president Emmanuel Macron, and the far-right, Marine Le Pen, staged an electoral debate on Wednesday full of accusations four days before the second round of the French presidential elections.

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France has experienced in recent weeks an atypical electoral campaign marked by the war in Eastern Europe, which, precisely, has given rise to one of the most tense moments of the debate, when Macron accused his rival of depending “on Russian power and of Mr Putin” for having requested a loan from a Russian bank.

Macron has accused his opponent of depending on Russian President Vladimir Putin and a Russian bank that granted a loan to his party (National Rally) in 2015 that has not yet been repaid.

Le Pen assured that she is prepared to be the next president of France: “I will make it my absolute priority for the next five years to give the French their money back,” said the National Grouping candidate, who has promised to increase net income of households at an average of 150 to 200 euros per month (equivalent to just over 200 dollars).

This Wednesday’s debate sought to be decisive for the elections in which the candidates have the challenge of conquering the undecided and those voters who chose in the first round the other ten options that fell by the wayside.

The vote of the left-wing France Insumisa party, led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, is the most coveted by Macron and Le Pen, since it was the third most voted option in the first round, with almost 22 percent of the vote. According to an internal survey, about 67 percent of the supporters of Mélenchon’s party affirm that they will vote blank or null or abstain in the second round.

Macron also considered that Le Pen’s project, like five years ago, would mean France leaving the European Union and has accused his opponent of wanting to take the country out of the euro zone “without saying so”. Le Pen, for his part, has denied that he wants the country to leave the bloc, but has defended that the European Union be modified “to effectively achieve a European Alliance of Nations.”

Macron remains invariably ahead of Le Pen, above 55 percent in voting intentions. After a decline in the days prior to the first round, his advantage has widened again in recent days, with the weight of the polls carried out after the vote. But the distance between the two candidates for the Elysee is not very wide.

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