Protesters hurl eggs at France's Le Pen at campaign stop

None of the eggs hit their target as bodyguards rushed into the building

Afp May 04, 2017
Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) party candidate for 2017 presidential election, is protected by bodyguards as eggs are thrown by demonstrators during her arrival in Dol-de-Bretagne, France, May 4, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

DOL-DE-BRETAGNE, FRANCE: Protesters hurled eggs at French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Thursday during a campaign stop three days ahead of the election.

Around 50 people were on hand as Le Pen arrived at a shipping company in the western town of Dol-de-Bretagne, hurling eggs and shouting "out with fascists".

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None of the eggs hit their target as bodyguards hustled Le Pen, 48, into the building.

France's western Brittany region is not a stronghold of Le Pen's National Front, handing her only 15 percent of the vote in the April 23 first round of the election.

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Her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron, 39, scored 29 percent in the region.

The visit comes the day after Le Pen took on Macron in a bruising televised debate, with some two-thirds of viewers saying the younger candidate was the more convincing.

Macron is tipped to win Sunday's vote by a roughly 20-point margin.

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