French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen (2nd R) speaks to journalists in a Paris street on April 28, 2017, flanked by FN Vice-President Florian Philippot (3rd R). / AFP / Patrick KOVARIK
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France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen faces the biggest test yet of her six-year drive to improve the image of her party as she seeks to entice new voters needed to make her president.To stand a chance of winning, Le Pen will need to convince people like pensioner Jacques Villain and student Marina Campana ahead of the final round of the presidential election on May 7 .Both of them backed defeated candidates in the first round last weekend and now face a choice between Le Pen and pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron in the runoff.Both ruled out a vote for Le Pen, saying the main reason was her association with racism which she attempted to erase when she took over FN in 2011 .This explains in part why polls show Le Pen would lose the second round by a large margin, approximately 40 percent to 60 percent for Macron, if it were held today.
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