Euro Climbs to Six-Week High Following Presidential Debate in France

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Center candidate Emmanuel Macron consolidates today his leadership toward coming presidential elections in France, after a first debate where the five main candidates participated.

Le Pen is predicted to win the first round of voting but after that only the top two candidates progress with polls favouring Macron in a head-to-head.

The Socialist Party's Benoit Hamon took issue with Le Pen's claim that public schools are wracked by violence, calling her remarks "nauseating".

"(Le Pen's) visit can be explained by a tacit support of the favourite candidate of the presidential elections and the continuity of France's African policy, which undermines the hope of the African youth and consolidates dictatorships in place", Halata said earlier this week.

But with so many voters undecided and polls showing the abstention rate could be higher than ever in France, the level of uncertainty remains high. "When I have something to say, I say clearly", Macron fired back.

Hamon, the socialist candidate, suggested Macron could be influenced by people in the pharmaceutical, banking, or oil industry due to the large amounts of private donations his campaign has received. Once considered a leading contender to move into the presidency's Elysee Palace, Fillon's campaign has been badly hurt by accusations that his wife and children were paid with public money for jobs they allegedly did not do, which he denies. "I want to put an end to immigration - that's clear", she announced, before talking about a rise of Islamic fundamentalism in France and saying the security situation in France was "explosive".

"The traditional parties, those that have for decades failed to solve yesterday's problems, won't be able to do it tomorrow either", said Macron, who made a name for himself by criticising sacred cows of the French "social model" such as the 35-hour workweek.

The first round of votes will take place on April 23 and then on May 7 the second round is expected, when it will be decided who will be elected President of France for the next five years. "When a policy we advocate helps Marine Le Pen become president, I don't want to bear responsibility for this", the minister said.

Six other candidates were excluded according to Le Monde newspaper: Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, Nathalie Arthaud, Philippe Poutou, Jacques Cheminade, Jean Lassalle, Francois Asselineau. "I do not see how we can protect against the risk of terrorists if we do not know who is entering our country, or who is leaving to buy weapons in Belgium".