Marine Le Pen predicts French presidential win as campaign closes

His campaign said in a statement late Friday night that some campaign emails and financial documents were hacked a few weeks ago and are now being circulated on social media, but that they have been mixed with false documents.

The incident occurred just months after hackers targeted the campaign of USA presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by stealing staffers' emails and then leaking them online.

Macron is the poll favorite going into Sunday's election against far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

From the political landscape to ideology, French politics have undergone a massive change, Le Pen said. However, last month security firm Trend Micro said it uncovered evidence that Russian cyberspies were also targeting Macron's campaign, possibly through email phishing attempts created to trick users into visiting malicious internet links.

Opinion polls show Macron, a centrist, has roughly a 20 point lead over Le Pen.

Voters unexpectedly kick ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy out of the primary ballot for the center-right party, The Republicans, in the first round.

About 100 students pulled garbage bins in front of the entrance to the Lycee Colbert in northeastern Paris, with cardboard signs saying "Neither Le Pen nor Macron, neither the fatherland nor the boss", in a reference to Le Pen's nationalist views and Macron's pro-business ties. Le Pen's team, however, downplays apocalyptic scenarios, arguing that the euro, now used by 19 countries, is headed for a breakup eventually anyway. It defies logic to say Macron is "as bad" as Le Pen from the left's perspective, and yet the left can not be bothered to defend France from the National Front party.

Ms Le Pen, 48, has brought her National Front party closer than ever to the presidency, riding a wave of populism and growing frustration amid working working-class voters with globalisation and immigration. Even if she loses, she is likely to be a powerful opposition figure in French politics in the upcoming parliamentary election campaign.

The election has turned the country's politics upside down, with neither of the two mainstream centre-right and centre-left movements that have governed France since the second world war making it into Sunday's final run off.

"Yes. I want most of all to put democracy back in place", Le Pen said.

Le Pen was criticised by some pundits for her aggressive approach to Wednesday's presidential debate, seeing this as a setback to her attempts to rid the party of the fringe, extremist image it acquired under the almost 40-year leadership of her father, Jean-Marie.

On Wednesday, the two candidates confronted each other head-to-head in a vicious debate that more resembled an American-style shoutfest than the Descartian discourse that French voters are more accustomed to. Many voted for the more leftist candidates eliminated in the first round.

She claimed an "ideological victory" for her populist, anti-immigrant worldview in an election that could change Europe's direction.

A small group of protesters threw eggs at Le Pen as she arrived for a campaign event in Brittany on Thursday, shouting "Out with the Fascists!"

France saw a fresh face, with an optimistic message, who revealed his opponent's illogical and empty argument, keeping calm while she exploded.

Macron acknowledged the French are exasperated by the government's ineffectiveness, but he dismissed Le Pen's vision of an infuriated country.

Le Pen has worked for years to clean up the racist image of her National Front party to make it voter friendly.

So Britain loses if Macron is voted into office on Sunday, and the European Union wins.

  • Zachary Reyes