The rallies featured slogans such as "Neither Le Pen nor Macron, neither the Fatherland nor the boss," a clear nod to "Le Pen's nationalist views and Macron's pro-business ties," according to AP.
"Neither Marine (Le Pen),nor (Emmanuel) Macron": banners at a Paris protest by high school students against France's presidential line up… pic.twitter.com/1QnyqKielT— 🌏Sarwar🌐 (@pirsarwarras) 27 апреля 2017 г.
In late April, several hundred students marched through Paris to protest both candidates for the French presidency.
Commenting on the matter, Russian expert Alexander Vershinin said that the situation in France remains very complicated.
"This was confirmed the latest TV debates, polls and the Paris protests. France is facing the most difficult choice in the last 60 years of its history.By and large, the French welcome neither Macron nor Le Pen, and neither of these presidential candidates is able to bring a new constructive concept to their country," Vershinin said.
"The latest student protests indicate that this era [of social conflict] has returned to the country," he added, referring to the volatile period of civil unrest in France during May 1968 which was punctuated by demonstrations and massive general strikes as well as the occupation of universities and factories across France.
Vershinin did not rule out that May 7 will see Emmanuel Macron's victory, which will be provided by a divided electorate.
"Most likely, Macron will be able to gain 60 percent of the vote in the runoff," Vershinin said, citing Macron's random supporters, who may help add to his win.
It remains to be seen whether Macron will be able to rely on this "politically divided conglomerate" during parliamentary elections in France in June 2017," the Russian expert concluded.
Meanwhile, a fresh Ipsos poll revealed on Friday that independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has improved his lead over right-wing leader Marine Le Pen by 2.5 percent since Wednesday and is expected to win the second round of the election with 61.5 percent against her 38.5 percent.
According to the survey's results, 93 percent of those who said they would back Macron were sure of their choice, while 88 percent of Le Pen's supporters expressed the same certainty in their voting intentions.
On April 23, Macron and Le Pen emerged as the two top contenders in the first round of the election, and are set to face each other in the run-off on Sunday.
Macron won with a slight advantage in the first round, having received 24.01 percent of the votes, while Le Pen got 21.3 percent.
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