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Le Pen Ambushed in French Debate as Macron Attacks on Euro

  • Nationalist says she aims to avoid a ‘brutal exit’ from euro
  • Marginal candidate puts Le Pen in a bind over key proposal
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Marine Le Pen was labeled soft on her euro exit plans during a television debate performance that failed to win over viewers.

The National Front leader’s opposition to the European Union has been a signature issue in the presidential election. Yet with all candidates granted a hearing in a four-hour discussion, Le Pen repeatedly lost her cool and was confronted by a marginal rival who tried to paint himself as the true anti-euro firebrand. Two snap polls rated her only the fourth-most-convincing candidate, with roughly half the endorsements of front-runner Emmanuel Macron.