Apr 24, 2017

France elections: Le Pen steps aside as National Front leader

Ms Le Pen told French TV she needed to be above partisan considerations. Opinion polls suggest Mr Macron is firm favourite for the second round but Ms Le Pen said: "We can win, we will win." Ms Le Pen said her decision had been made out of the "Profound conviction" that the president of the republic must bring together all of the French people. Ms Le Pen used her interview to launch a blistering attack on Mr Macron, saying his policies would lead to savage globalisation and massive immigration, and that he had not shown one iota of love for France. Ms Le Pen took over the FN leadership from her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, in January 2011.

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