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French voter in Sweden: I'm choosing the least worst option

Published torsdag 4 maj kl 15.09
Derderian: Le Pen could be a French Erdogan.
(4:38 min)
Agnès Derderian (right) believes Emmanuel Macron is the "least worst" candidate.
Agnès Derderian (right) believes Emmanuel Macron is the "least worst" candidate. Credit: Loic Venance AFP

Less than four percent of French people in Sweden voted for Marine Le Pen in the first round of the presidential election last month. One voter explains why she's driving five hours to vote again on Sunday.

Agnès Derderian, who moved to Sweden eleven years ago, told Radio Sweden that she feared for what might happen to her country if Le Pen was elected president.

"For me, the worst fear is that the same as happened in Turkey will happen in France with Marine Le Pen," she said. "I think it would be a huge setback for the country and for Europe."

But Derderian still maintains that Emmanuel Macron, Le Pen's centrist rival who received 51 percent support from French voters in Sweden, is far from her ideal candidate.

I voted for the least worst candidate. It's not like I was happy with my choice," she said. "And now I'm having second thoughts."

Le Pen and Macron traded insults in a highly personal debate on French television on Wednesday night. Derderian decided to not to watch it, dismissing it as "kindergarten" politics.

"I think Marine Le Pen didn't impress, but I think the people who are going to vote for her will vote for her anyway," she said.

A poll taken after the debate found that 63 percent saw Macron as the "most convincing" compare to 34 percent for Le Pen. 

Derderian is voting at a polling centre at the French School in Gothenburg.

Polling booths open Sunday morning both in France and in cities across Europe. The election result is expected that night.

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