- Title: France's Le Pen attacks Macron at Nice rally
- Date: 27th April 2017
- Summary: NICE, FRANCE (APRIL 27, 2017) (REUTERS) ROOFTOPS NEXT TO COASTLINE FRENCH FLAG ON ROOFTOPS ARMED FRENCH POLICE OFFICER STANDING OUTSIDE PALAIS NIKAIA WHERE FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, MARINE LE PEN, IS HOLDING RALLY WEAPON RIOT POLICE VANS PARKED NEXT TO VENUE SUPPORTERS WAVING FLAGS BEFORE RALLY
- Embargoed: 11th May 2017 22:46
- Keywords: Le Pen France elections Nice rally
- Location: NICE, FRANCE
- City: NICE, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016E6CMRR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A BROADCAST QUALITY EDIT FOLLOWING LIVEU QUALITY EDIT: 4134-FRANCE-ELECTION/LE PEN-RALLY
French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen attacked her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron at a major rally in Nice on Thursday (April 27).
Speaking in the city which was last year hit by an Islamist attack in which 86 people were killed, Le Pen used her speech to address France's security concerns.
Her National Front party has said some of the Islamist attacks that have killed more than 230 people in France since 2015 would have been prevented had it been in power, thanks to a platform that includes locking up French-born suspected jihadists and expelling foreign ones as well as scrapping the European Union's open-border arrangement.
This resonates with some voters in Nice, where one in four voted for Le Pen in the first round of the presidential election on Sunday, against 21.3 percent nationally, as she qualified for the May 7 runoff behind Macron.
Describing the city as a "martyr of Islamist terrorism," Le Pen told the rally her first move if elected would be to reinstate border controls, to wide applause from a crowd of a few thousand.
Le Pen's first round score in Nice was up by two percentage points since the 2012 election, but this was a smaller increase than in her national score.
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