Marine Le Pen camp lays into 'oligarch stooge' Macron

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 6, 2017

Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, is tipped to comfortably win a runoff vote against far-right leader Marine Le Pen, but the political movement he created a year ago faces a huge challenge in the follow-up legislative election in June.

Meanwhile, Le Pen announced she "was no longer president of the National Front" shortly after a party official predicted she could pick up disaffected supporters of failed left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Melechon.

The 39-year-old candidate is the projected victor in most polls, as initial opinion polls show Le Pen to be 24 to 28 percentage points behind Macron.

French far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen has called for more food to be produced and consumed in the country known as the gastronomic centre of the Western world.

Le Pen, who has been hoping to emulate Donald Trump's victory in the USA, said the French faced a choice between "runaway globalisation" and a protectionist France.

"Tonight, I am not the president of the National Front, I am the presidential candidate, the one who wants to gather all the French around a project of hope, of prosperity, of security", Le Pen said.

Ms. Le Pen had made immigration one of her major issues, while Mr. Macron, a former banker and former minister in the reigning Socialist government, focused on alleged mismanagement of the economy, promising a smaller government and tax cuts. Macron has run on a pro-European Union platform, while Le Pen has called for France to potentially exit the EU and ditch the Euro. Both candidates will advance into the run-off election on May 7.

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron came in for a rough reception on Wednesday from striking workers during a visit to a Whirlpool factory in northern France.

"What exactly is being celebrated, I can't really say!" What appears to have happened is that declining voter confidence was fueled by the astonishing incompetence of two successive presidents and party leaders: Nicolas Sarkozy on the right and François Hollande on the left.

Le Pen with her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, in 2007.

The presidential poll is to be followed by a two-round legislative election to select the parliament in June. According to him, his daughter was "too laid-back" and needed to behave more aggressive "like Trump".

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