Le Pen shrugs off ‘doom-mongering’ by markets over Sunday’s election

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  • Presidential election’s first round on Sunday
  • Far right’s Le Pen narrowing gap on Macron
  • Risk premium on French bonds rises
  • Purchasing power is top concern for voters

PARIS, April 7 (Reuters) – French far-right candidate Marine Le Pen shrugged off market jitters triggered by her good ratings ahead of Sunday’s first round of the presidential election, saying her “serious” programme was meant to work for voters, rather than markets.

Long unfazed by what looked like an easy path to re-election for President Emmanuel Macron, markets woke up this week as Le Pen narrowed the gap enough in opinion polls for victory to be within the margin of error.

Le Pen scoffed at what she called “doom-mongering”, telling RTL radio on Thursday that her programme was solid and would aim to support business and “give money back to the French” by lowering VAT as well as France’s contribution to the EU budget.

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