Monday, April 24, 2017

Le Pen Savages Macron as France's Mainstream Rallies behind Him

THE GUARDIAN: Front National leader accuses centrist rival of being weak on terror as presidential election moves into second round

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right Front National party, has savaged the centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron as a “hysterical, radical Europeanist” who is weak on jihadi terror, as the country’s demoralised mainstream parties threw their weight behind the independent frontrunner in the first day of campaigning for the presidential runoff.

“He is for total open borders. He says there is no such thing as French culture. There is not one area where he shows one ounce of patriotism,” Le Pen said of Macron in her first public statements since addressing supporters on Sunday night after finishing second to the former investment banker in the first-round vote. » | Jon Henley, European Affairs Correspondent | Monday, April 24, 2017

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