Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was accused of plagiarizing parts of her first-round rival’s speech. Her deputy didn’t deny the accusations and even claimed that this was done to appeal to the conservative right-wing voters.

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Yesterday (Tuesday), far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen received criticism following claims that she plagiarized parts of a speech made by her first-round rival François Fillon.

Her deputy, however, stated that it was only a “nod-and-a-wink” to her Republican rival and his voters. The move could be seen as an attempt to appeal to Fillon’s supporters after he finished in third place with 20% of the votes in the first round of the French presidential election.   

According to polls, candidate Emmanuel Macron will win by approximately 20% more votes than Le Pen in the second round, which will take place on Sunday. Along with other heads of parties, Fillon has already urged his supporters to vote for Macron in the second round.

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