There was relief for markets after Centrist Emmanuel Macron kept his position as favourite to win France's presidential election, following a televised debate in which he clashed with his main rival, Marine Le Pen, over Europe. Laura Frykberg reports.
BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~*Broadcasters: NONE Digital: NONE **~ In just nineteen days, France votes for its next president. With such little time left, The second to last debate saw the frontrunners come out swinging. Centrist Emmanuel Macron taking a tough stance on far-right Marine Le Pen, and her anti-EU rhetoric. The other candidates had it out too... over everything, from unemployment to immigration, to trade and security. (SOUNDBITE) LIBRARIAN, ALEXANDRE AUSSEDAT, SAYING: "It was an interesting debate, enlightening to see all the different points of view of the candidates that we didn't necessarily know." And while the far left, Jean-Luc Melenchon was chosen as the most convincing performer. It was Macron, voted to have the best political programme - With Le Pen lagging in fourth place. Although, some warn Eurofiles shouldn't celebrate just yet. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT, 7IM, JUSTIN URQUHART STEWART, SAYING: "We were absolutely certain with what going to happen with Brexit and that Trump wouldn't get elected. Well on that basis, Madame Le Pen just might. So we just don't know at the moment. But we are seeing a little more strength coming out in France. Because there is a thought that Madame Le Pen is not quite as strong as she was a month ago." Even so, she's still making confident claims. In an interview on Tuesday, saying investors would not pull their money from France.. If - as she wishes - Europe's second largest economy rejects the euro in favour of the franc.