Macron and Le Pen clash over Russia, hijabs in fractious debate

French President Emmanuel Macron tore into his far-right challenger Marine Le Pen about her links with Russia and her plan to ban Muslim women from wearing the hijab in public in a fractious television debate ahead of Sunday’s second and final vote for the presidency.
The only head-to-head confrontation of the second round campaign was peppered with appeals of “don’t interrupt me” and accusations the other was not up to the job of leading France, a veto-holding UN Security Council member and Europe’s second-largest economy.
“Stop mixing everything up,” a combative Macron told Le Pen during one heated exchange about France’s debt, which like others, has risen due to pandemic support measures.

Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler reports from Paris.

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