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    Le Pen and Macron Clash in Final TV Debate

    This time it’s personal. Ahead of France’s presidential runoff vote on Sunday, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron traded insults and barbs in a final, ill-tempered debate. Polls suggest Macron won the matchup, which saw Le Pen call the former economy minister an arrogant “smirking banker,” while Macron responded that Le Pen was a “hate-filled” liar. The lengthy debate, while heated, isn’t expected to swing enough votes to change Macron’s substantial lead, despite a bloc of left-wing voters vowing to abstain.

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