Macron More Convincing Than Le Pen in French Presidential Debate, Poll Shows

More French people found President Emmanuel Macron convincing than his far-right rival Marine Le Pen in a television debate ahead of Sunday’s presidential runoff vote, an opinion poll showed.

A flash survey by Elabe showed that 59 percent of polled viewers found Macron more convincing than Le Pen in the debate.

In 2017, the same firm found 63 percent of those polled found Macron more convincing.

On Wednesday, the two presidential candidates clashed in their only televised debate ahead of the first-round presidential vote on Sunday.

Macron and Le Pen challenged each other on issues of climate change and immigration. The debate quickly turned combative when the two debated on major issues regarding cost of living and Russia’s war in Ukraine.

On the subject of soaring inflation, Le Pen vowed to cut value-added tax and income taxes while Macron suggested that price caps were “twice as effective as dropping sales tax.”

Le Pen was also criticized for her close ties to the Kremlin, but she supported her rival’s policy of backing Ukraine and taking in refugees.

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