Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche! (Onwards!) and candidate for the 2017 presidential election, waves to supporters at the end of a campaign rally in Pau, France, April 12, 2017. REUTERS/Regis DuvignauPolls showed France’s presidential election campaign tightening further on Wednesday as financial markets fretted about the rising popularity of a far-left candidate who wants to put France’s European Union membership to a vote.
Investors have long been anxious about election frontrunner Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, who has promised a referendum on whether to quit the EU and ditch the euro.
She has been joined on the list of investors’ concerns by far-left veteran Jean-Luc Melenchon, who has surged in the polls after strong performances in two candidates’ debates.
The Communist-backed Melenchon also wants a referendum on EU membership after an attempt to renegotiate the EU treaties.