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Emmanuel Macron v Marine Le Pen: French presidential election candidates face off in TV debate

French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have faced off in a high stakes, high pressure and immediately heated head-to-head debate on live primetime TV.

Both candidates came out swinging in what is their best remaining chance to sell their polar-opposite visions and plans for France to the cohort of undecided electors who could sway Sunday's vote.

Ms Le Pen painted the former banker and economy minister as a servant of big business and finance, and declared herself "the candidate of the people, of the France that we love".

Mr Macron painted the far-right nationalist as an empty shell, shaky on details and seeking to profit politically from the anger of French voters - a dominant theme of the campaign.

"You lie all the time," he said. "You propose nothing."

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She dismissed his economic proposals with sweeping critiques and bristled at his suggestions that she did not understand how finance and business works.

"You're trying to play with me like a professor with a pupil," she said.

Sitting opposite each other at a round table, neither pulled their punches.

With both talking over each other, the debate quickly became a shouting match at times, with no common ground between the pro-European Union centrist candidate and the anti-EU Ms Le Pen.

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