The French Election Made These US Stocks Winners

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron got almost 1 million more votes than far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in a result that's upended traditional French politics. After the first-round vote on Sunday, Le Pen in a statement on Monday condemned French political parties calling to unite against her and to support Macron.

Kantor pointed out that Le Pen, who has temporarily stepped down as National Front leader, recently "made comments against the historic record of the Holocaust, which makes her no less unsafe than her Holocaust-denying father who she has tried to hide". (On The Move) banner - won 23.75% of votes in the first round, while Ms Le Pen won 21.53%. Years ago, the idea that anybody from France's National Front - which has always been tarred for having less than tolerant positions on issues like immigration - would be anywhere near the French presidency would've seemed unfathomable.

Le Pen echoes U.S. President Donald Trump with her protectionist, nationalist tone.

Ms Le Pen hopes to woo bewildered Fillon voters, many of whom share her tough stance on immigration, terror and law and order.

"Tonight, I am no longer the president of the National Front".

French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, center, next to Mourad Franck Papazian, left, co-president of France's Armenian Organizations Coordination Council (CCAF), prepares to lay a wreath during a ceremony mark. "If I'd been in her place I would have had a Trump-like campaign, a more open one, very aggressive against those responsible for the decadence of our country, whether left or right", 88-year-old Jean-Marie Le Pen told RTL radio.

In his address, Mr Le Foll added that each minister must be "totally mobilised in this campaign", reminding them that Marine Le Pen's father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, had been defeated in the second round of the 2002 elections.

Both candidates have now returned to the campaign trail, with less than two weeks to go before French voters return to the ballot boxes. On her campaign on Tuesday night, she avoided some of the incendiary attacks she made on the EU.

During Le Pen's unannounced visit to the factory, where she had been met with enthusiasm, she accused Macron of protecting the interests of oligarchs. Under this banner, he or she must unite all the French. We believe that the prospect of a stronger euro, should Macron become the next French President, could strengthen the case for equity inflows coming back to Eurozone as most global equity investors do not hedge their FX exposure.

In an apparent attempt to broaden her voter appeal, she stepped down as leader of the Front National on 24 April.

  • Jon Douglas