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French election: Marine Le Pen caught up in plagiarism row

May 02, 2017 - CNN

PARIS (CNN) -- Marine Le Pen's campaign has been hit by allegations that she plagiarized a defeated rival during a speech to supporters days ahead of the French presidential election.

The far-right candidate, who was addressing supporters in Villepinte, north of Paris, is accused of using extracts from a speech given by Republican candidate Francois Fillon last month.

Le Pen, who trails Emmanuel Macron in the polls, appeared to repeat phrases used by Fillon in a speech on April 15, ...