Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen stepped up their one-on-one battle for the French presidency as the final stretch of campaigning turned increasingly combative.
“War Declared” was Liberation newspaper’s front-page headline Thursday.
After an attempted ambush of a Macron event at a closing appliance factory Wednesday, Le Pen, 48, appeared on a Mediterranean fishing boat Thursday, taking her campaign from the economically ravaged north to the far-right National Front’s traditional heartland. Macron, 39, immediately responded to her latest photo opportunity by blasting her plan to pull France out of the European Union.
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