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Trump tweets about French elections

Washington: US President Donald Trump said on Twitter that the first round of French presidential election will be “very interesting”, a contest that is widely acknowledged to be the most up-in-the-air and unpredictable in recent years.

“Very interesting election currently taking place in France,” Trump tweeted on Sunday.

Trump did not specify what, in particular, he finds interesting about the vote in a brief post on his personal account on the social network, Efe news reported.

The President has expressed his support on several occasions for the leader of the National Front (FN), Marine Le Pen, with whom he began contacts shortly after winning last November’s election.

Nevertheless, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Friday that Trump has no favorite among the 11 candidates in the French contest.

Ultra-rightist Le Pen, in the first electoral round, is going up against 10 other candidates, including social liberal Emmanuel Macron, conservative François Fillon and leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon.

It is these four candidates who have the best chance of qualifying for a May 7 runoff election between the two top vote-getters.

Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama also appears to be taking an interest in the French election, having on Thursday placed a friendly telephone call to Macron.

–IANS

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