Le Pen's run-off campaign targets far left and right

European stock markets and the euro ratcheted higher Monday, particularly in France, after the first round of the country's presidential election saw centrist Emmanuel Macron emerge on top - stoking hopes that he will defeat far-right Marine Le Pen in the run-off in two weeks' time.

Choosing from inside the system is no longer an option, as voters rejected the two mainstream parties that have alternated power for decades in favour of Ms Le Pen and the untested Mr Macron, who has never held elected office and who founded his own political movement just previous year.

For her part Ms Le Pen - who would become France's first female president if she won - vowed to fight to the finish.

She told France 2 television: "I will feel more free and above all, above party politics, which I think is important".

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He would not heed Fillon's call to back Macron and would either vote Le Pen or spoil his ballot, he said.

It "s expected that L e Pen, give her toxic legacy, will meet with solid resistance from most of the population and that a 'republican front" made up of everyone except Le Pen will elect Macon France's next president.

His daughter has done much to soften the FN's image, gathering support especially among young people - a quarter of whom are unemployed - with her promises to push back against "rampant globalisation".

The latest polls by Ipsos-Sopra Steria and Harris Interactive showed that Macron would win 62-64 percent against 36-38 percent for Le Pen if the runoff were held today.

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"We are in a phase of decomposition, demolition, deconstruction", former Socialist prime minister Manuel Valls said.

Hollande said the far-right would "deeply divide France" at a time when the terror threat requires solidarity. "The challenge is to open a new page in our political life and to take action so that everyone is able to find his or her place in France and in Europe". Shares of French banking giants BNP Paribas and Societe General rose 8 percent a piece in early European trading.

Socialist candidate Mr Hamon never managed to gather any real momentum in his campaign and ended up in the fifth spot - a position which emphasised the disarray of the French Left after five years of unpopular rule by Mr Hollande. (Onwards!) movement has none. Among France's four main presidential candidates, he pursued the closest ties with Russian Federation and its president, Vladimir Putin.

He said La Rotonde, one of Macron's favourite eateries, "isn't exactly Le Fouquet's". "Many of them also still maintain businesses in France, and Fillon was seen as a more desirable candidate because of his party's economic platform, which is friendlier to business".

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Macron secured 23.9% of the vote in the Sunday election, based on 97% of polling stations to have reported so far. He said on Monday that he would not be at the forefront of his party's parliamentary campaign.

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