Paris – French President Emmanuel Macron warned of the risk of a Brexit-style election upset in his only campaign rally before the first round of the presidential election, in a bid to convince dispirited voters and re-energize a lackluster campaign.
A week or so before the April 10 vote, Macron finds himself on the defensive, with far-right leader Marine Le Pen staging a comeback in the polls and the race tightening between the two front-runners for the crucial April 24 runoff.
“Look at what happened with Brexit, and so many other elections: What looked improbable actually happened,” Macron told a crowd of flag-waving supporters. “Nothing is impossible.”
“The danger of extremism has reached new heights because, in recent months and years, hatred, alternative truths have been normalized,” he said. “We have got used to see on TV shows antisemitic and racist authors.”
Although he is still projected to win a second mandate, Macron has…