News Wrap: Macron to face far-right leader Le Pen in French presidential runoff

In our news wrap Sunday, France's presidential election is headed to a runoff as the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen closes in on President Emmanuel Macron, uncertainty has taken hold in Pakistan after a no-confidence vote removed Prime Minister Imran Khan from office, voters in Mexico participate in a presidential recall, and former President Trump endorses TV personality Dr. Oz in Senate bid.

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  • Geoff Bennett:

    In today's headlines, French president Emmanuel Macron will again face far right leader Marine Le Pen in that country's presidential runoff. Her strong showing is a sign of the continuing appeal of nationalistic and xenophobic rhetoric in France.

    After polls closed today in the first round of voting, Macron maintained a narrow lead over Le Pen, that's according to early projections. The runoff will take place on April 24.

    Political uncertainty in Pakistan after a dramatic no confidence vote early Sunday removed Prime Minister Imran Khan from office, crowds flooded into the streets of Islamabad following the decision.

    Khan claims his ouster is part of a Western conspiracy, and he called on his supporters to protest. The interim prime minister will be selected by Pakistan's Parliament tomorrow and the general election will take place later this year. Khan is expected to run.

    And in Mexico, voters are taking part in an unorthodox presidential recall the first of its kind there. Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched the recall himself, asking voters to decide whether he should be removed from office.

    Critics say the move is really an effort to energize his supporters after a series of political scandals.

    And President Biden's chief medical officer Dr. Anthony Fauci says the uptick in COVID-19 cases across the country is no surprise as the U.S. ease its pandemic restrictions. He says Americans are going to have to use their own judgment about what's safe going forward.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: This is not going to be eradicated and it's not going to be eliminated. And what's going to happen is that we're going to see that each individual is going to have to make their calculation of the amount of risk that they want to take in going to into a den isn't going to functions.

  • Geoff Bennett:

    Fauci noted, however, that if there's an uptick in hospitalizations, the U.S. may need to, quote, revert back to masking indoors.

    And TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz who was running for the U.S. Senate and Pennsylvania gained a critical endorsement last night from former President Donald Trump.

  • Donald Trump, Former U.S. President:

    Dr. Oz, great guy. Good man. It's a good man, Harvard educated, tremendous, tremendous career.

  • Geoff Bennett:

    A number of Trump allies are backing a different GOP candidate Dave McCormick, and the first candidate Trump endorsed in the race, Sean Parnell dropped out and made domestic abuse allegations.

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