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

By AFP
Published: May 4, 2017
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 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

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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