Macron seen winning French presidential runoff with 62 percent of votes


Rallies, interviews and opinion polls are all legally banned from midnight Friday, to give voters time to think about their decision.

The campaign blackout means that candidates and media now face restrictions until polls close on Sunday evening.

Macron is the poll favorite going into Sunday's election against far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

In the last day of campaigning before Sunday's presidential vote, Le Pen acknowledged the testy debate between her and Emmanuel Macron. She claimed an "ideological victory" for her populist, anti-immigrant worldview.

In case you needed any more convincing that Macron will win, he is now polling at 61 percent to Le Pen's 39.

French shares and bonds and the euro performed strongly on Thursday, pointing to relief on financial markets that Le Pen had not gained ground with her pledges to quit the euro currency, hold a referendum on leaving the European Union, and print money to finance higher state spending.

APT28 last month registered decoy internet addresses to mimic the name of En Marche, which it likely used send tainted emails to hack into the campaign's computers, Kremez said.

An extremist shot and killed a police officer and wounded two others on Paris's Champs Elysees avenue three days before the first round of the presidential election on April 23 in an attack claimed by IS. The two rivals' scores highlighted the divisions running through the country.

After ditching France's traditional left-right parties in a first-round election, voters are now choosing between Macron's business-friendly, pro-European vision and Le Pen's protectionist, closed-borders view that resonates with workers left behind by globalization.

The Kremlin has denied it was behind any such attacks, although Macron's camp renewed complaints against Russian media and a hackers' group operating in Ukraine. (Onwards!) said the release of thousands of emails, accounting documents and other files was an attempt at "democratic destabilisation, like that seen during the last presidential campaign in the United States".

Florian Philippot, the No. 2 in Le Pen's anti-immigration National Front party, asked in a tweet: "Will the #Macronleaks teach us something that investigative journalism deliberately buried?"

Macron made a faltering start to the second-round campaign.

Le Pen, who is known for her anti-Islam rhetoric, has vowed to fight terrorism during the her campaign. When it was over, Macron was declared the clear and undisputed victor.

During a stormy television debate this week, Mr Macron accused Ms Le Pen of using "fake news" to try and manipulate the outcome of the election after she alluded to reports, believed to be fake, that he has an offshore bank account. Barack Obama posted a video on Macron's website saying he was "rooting" for him.

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"Even if we don't reach our goal, in any event there is a huge political force that is born", she said at her campaign headquarters.

Many voters, however, do not like either candidate.