Indian style accusation in French Presidential poll to be held next Sunday

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Published on 5 May 2017 11:21 AM GMT

Indian style accusation in French Presidential poll to be held next Sunday
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New Delhi: Those who think that unfounded charges levelled against the opponent during the election is an Indian specialty will have to think again, in the light of reports of French Presidential elections received here on Friday.

Marine Le Pen, National Front candidate in the election, has charged her rival, Emmanuel Macron with maintaining an off-shore account, which has been hotly denied by him.

This has infuriated him so much that he has decided to consult a lawyer to find out if it is a fit case for criminal defamation.

Macron is the front-runner in this election and many pollsters find him much ahead of the female candidate.

Timing of levelling of this " false charge" is also noteworthy. In Indian style, it was levelled just two days ahead of second round of polling on Sunday.

As none of the four candidates got a majority in the first round, the second round of polling was ordered.

Two other candidates had got less votes than these two and, therefore, they are out of the race. Only two top vote getters can go to the second round.

Of these two, the fourth candidate in terms of percentage of votes, Jean-luc Melenchon, later decided to support Le Pen. He had secured 19.6 per cent votes in the first round which ended in April He announced his decision to " endorse" Le Pen last week on May 3.

Melenchon is a well known leader in France as he had launched a movement in that country which he had called " French subjugation movement".

However, even with his support, chance of Macron winning the election is rated high.

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