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PARIS (Reuters) – If French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is elected this month, her social programme will drive away international investors, President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with daily Le Parisien.

Le Pen has surged in polls in recent weeks, and is expected to face off in the second round against Macron, a centre-left candidate whose policymaking has drifted to the right, in a repeat of the 2017 election.

“Marine Le Pen’s social program is a lie because she

does not finance it … When she says, ‘I will increase pensions,’ she lies, she will not do it,” Macron said.

“Her program will create massive unemployment because it will drive international investors away and it will not hold up budget-wise,” he added.

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“Her fundamentals have not changed: it is a racist program that aims to divide society and is very brutal.”

Macron, whose re-election was thought to be a foregone conclusion even a few weeks ago, is still ahead in the polls for the second-round match-up, but his lead is within the margin of error.

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(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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