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    French election: Hollande endorses Macron, urges nation to reject Le Pen

    President François Hollande has called on French voters to vote for Emmanuel Macron as his successor and reject far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

    According to BBC, Mr Hollande said a far-right victory would endanger the country.

    His brief TV address on Monday reflected a move by much of France's mainstream to line up behind
    Mr Macron to try to stave off Ms Le Pen.

    Earlier, defeated candidates, the Republicans' François Fillon and Socialist Benoît Hamon, both urged supporters to vote for Mr Macron.

    Macron and Le Pen will face each other in a run-off vote on 7 May after taking the top places in Sunday's first round, with Mr Macron the current favourite to win.

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