Silver Prices Slip Following Round One of French Election

Le Pen gained over 1.2 million new voters compared with her last presidential bid in 2012, securing 7.7 million ballots, a result she hailed as "historic".

Le Pen has had little to say on this, but Macron wants to develop the trend in this direction begun under the centre-Right president Nicolas Sarkozy and continued under the socialist François Hollande.

Politicians on the moderate left and right, including French President Francois Hollande and the losing Socialist and Republican party candidates in Sunday's first-round vote, maneuvered to block Le Pen's path to power.

Pro-globalisation centrist Emmanuel Macron and anti-immigration Marine Le Pen are Tuesday to attend a ceremony honouring the policeman killed by a jihadist in an attack on the Champs Elysees, as they push ahead with France's presidential race.

"The presence of the far right in the second round is a risk for the country", he said.

"We should not underestimate the capacity of resistance of other groups within societies, which are supporting more moderate parties", said Alain Dieckhoff, head of the Center for International Research at Sciences Po.

With centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron topping the polls in Sunday's first round of voting, many are heralding the political upstart's ability to overturn mainstream politics. Many had feared another anti-establishment shock to follow Britain's "Brexit" vote and Donald Trump's election as USA president.

Meanwhile, Le Pen announced she "was no longer president of the National Front" shortly after a party official predicted she could pick up disaffected supporters of failed left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Melechon. USA shares were also set to drift higher with Dow futures up 0.9 percent at 20,677.

Le Pen offers an alternative for anyone skeptical of the European Union and France's role in it, said Louis Aliot, another National Front vice president.

Any return to the original status quo is impossible.

Le Pen's closest aides were out and about on morning media shows pressing that point and saying that those who backed Melenchon were within reach for Le Pen.

Jugele's civil partner will also speak, and both presidential candidates have said they will be present.

Kantar's Mr Lecerf said Ms Le Pen would have had more chance of victory in the final round if there had been a low turnout in the first.

Le Pen has promised to suspend the EU's open-border agreement on France's frontiers and expel foreigners who are on the watch lists of intelligence services. "Any significant shift toward Le Pen in the polls could dampen investor sentiment due to her anti-euro stance".

Le Pen has said radical Islam is a "threat on French culture" and has called on Jews to make certain "sacrifices" in order to fight jihadism.

Le Pen's father, Jean-Marie, made it to the second round against Jacques Chirac in 2002 and was crushed in the runoff.

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