Macron ups fire on Le Pen as election race narrows

French President Emmanuel Macron, seeking a second term in office in elections that begin this weekend, and who has lost his longstanding position as clear favourite, is concentrating his campaign fire on far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the assumption that she will emerge ahead of the ten other challengers on Sunday to face him in a repeat of their 2017 run-off. 

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President Macron has depicted Marine Le Pen as a pro-Russian champion of antisemitism as he mounts a counterattack on the right-wing populist who is threatening his prospects of re-election, reports The Times.