PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France’s presidential campaign (all times local):
Amid worries about rising nationalism, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is visiting the Holocaust Memorial in Paris with a somber message: never again.
Excitement at his appearance mixed with tears of sorrowful remembrance for visitors as the centrist Macron walked past panels bearing the names of tens of thousands of French Jews deported to their death in Nazi camps. Holocaust survivors and children of its victims were among those present on Sunday.
Macron also looked at documentation showing the collaboration by French authorities with the Nazis.
It’s the second time in three days that Macron is visiting a site tied to France’s wartime history. He is seeking to remind voters of the anti-Semitic past of his rival Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front.
The two face off in a May 7 presidential runoff.
French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is trying to win over voters worried about the environment by visiting an aluminum plant whose waste is at the heart of a political debate on the Mediterranean coast.
Unlike a factory visit last week when Le Pen upstaged centrist rival Emmanuel Macron and took selfies with workers, Le Pen’s visit to the Alteo plant in the town of Gardanne appeared to fall flat. She met with no workers, and quickly left after making a statement to a local TV crew.
In remarks carried on LCI television, Le Pen accused the factory of being an example of “savage globalization.” The factory has worked to clean up its waste but remains politically controversial.
Le Pen and Macron meet in a May 7 runoff.
France’s presidential candidates are pushing their rival worldviews, as far-right Marine Le Pen calls the euro currency “dead” and centrist Emmanuel Macron visits a Holocaust memorial and calls for political unity.
With a week left before the May 7 runoff, Le Pen paid a surprise visit Sunday to a woodchip factory accused of polluting the Mediterranean Sea.
Le Pen told Le Parisien newspaper that “I think the euro is dead.” She offered to allow big companies that operate internationally to continue using the euro while ordinary citizens would use a new franc.
Macron won a new ally with an endorsement from once-prominent centrist Jean-Louis Borloo. Macron called in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper for a new “arch” reaching across left and right to rebuild French politics.
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