Macron, Le Pen aim to consolidate poll lead in French TV debateBy Ingrid Melander and Michel Rose PARIS (Reuters) – The top candidates in France’s presidential election went head-to-head in a televised debate on Monday as polls showed centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen pulling away from the pack five weeks before the first round. The debate, the first between the five main candidates, may be crucial in helping viewers make up their minds in a French election that has seen major twists and turns. Opinion polls show almost 40 percent of voters are not sure who to back in the election, which will be held over two rounds on April 23 and May 7 against a backdrop of high unemployment and sluggish growth.

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