People are revolting against the elite, says France's Marine Le Pen

Cheryl Sanders
April 26, 2017

Despite her far-right policies, Le Pen has still gone to great lengths to distance herself and her party from its more extremist roots.

After the first-round vote on Sunday, Le Pen in a statement on Monday condemned French political parties calling to unite against her and to support Macron.

Mikael Sala said: "Marine Le Pen has experience and to me, the ultimate test in this world that we live in, which is a very unsafe world, is you have to be a leader who has to play in the big league with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin".

"How can we chose between chaos brought by Marine Le Pen and the political rotting [brought] by Emmanuel Macron", the movement's leader Christophe Billan said in an interview.

"There is a revolt of the people against the elite" seen in Britain's Brexit vote and "probably" in the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, Le Pen said in a TF-1 television show.

Needing millions more votes to beat Mr Macron in France's May 7 presidential run-off, she has been hammering hard her claims that more French jobs would be lost overseas under Mr Macron's more economically liberal programme.

"I think her campaign was too laid-back".

If the anti-EU, anti-immigration, protectionist Le Pen was president "it would be a disaster for France and Europe, and bad for Switzerland", Socialist MP Martin Naef told 20 Minuten.

Separately, cyber security firm Trend Micro has warned in a new report that Mr Macron's campaign has been targeted by what appears to be the same Russian operatives responsible for hacks of Democratic campaign officials before last year's presidential election in the United States.

As the centrist politician remains the favourite to win the French presidency on 7 May, doubts are emerging about his capacity to unite the French people against far-right leader in the election run-off. But Le Pen is the more notorious on the global scale. He said on BFM TV that Macron will not help French workers.

Chaotic scenes followed as Macron, a pro-European Union centrist, sought to wrestle back the initiative by making his own, impromptu stop at the Whirlpool clothes-dryer plant in Amiens, spending over an hour in Le Pen's wake trying to reason with angry employees who asked why the former finance minister hadn't come there earlier.

Le Pen went on the offensive against Macron in her first public comments Monday. He said, "In France, Britain, the Netherlands, Austria and the US the same people - blue- and white-collar workers, intermediate occupations and farmers - are joining the populist revolt".

The choice is now narrowed to two: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.

A win for Le Pen would also signify a greater tidal wave of nationalist thought, joining Trump's election and Brexit as indicators that citizens around the world are exhausted of prioritizing global teamwork.

Despite this, it seems she hasn't fully been able to reform the party's image.

To defy projection, Le Pen said "We can win".

Macron is the front-runner, receiving 23.9 percent of the vote on April 23.

He shot down Le Pen's plans to re-establish French borders.

After weeks of painting Macron as "baby Hollande" because he was an economy minister under the outgoing socialist president, leaders in the Republicans are having difficulties in being heard by militants when they now say that Macron shares the same "republican" and European values.

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