Macron on risky hunt for blue-collar votes against Le Pen

AMIENS, France (AP) — French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron is going hunting for blue-collar votes, planning to meet on Wednesday with workers from a home appliance factory that is the latest hot-button symbol of the loss of French jobs to plants overseas.

Macron’s discussions with union leaders from the Whirlpool plant in northern France, a region where his anti-European Union opponent Marine Le Pen got the most votes, is not without risk. The pro-EU centrist must walk a fine line between defending his program to tackle France’s chronic unemployment without falling into the trap that befell winners in previous elections of struggling to keep campaign promises.