PARIS (Reuters) – French far-right leader Marine Le Pen launched her campaign for the May 26 European Parliament election on Sunday with an appeal to the broad “yellow vest” protest movement that has rattled the government.
Le Pen urged the tens of thousands of protesters who have staged weekly protests against President Emmanuel Macron since November to make the EU vote a referendum on his policies.
Context - Revolt - Vests - Election - Chance
“In the context of the healthy popular revolt of the yellow vests, this election offers a chance to end this crisis born of the intransigence and contempt … of an incompetent president whose behavior is disturbing,” Le Pen told an election rally for her National Rally (“Rassemblement National”) party.
Born from a grassroots protest against high fuel prices, the yellow vests have become a broad and sometimes violent movement demanding more social justice for low-skilled workers left behind by globalisation, deregulation and EU integration.
Parties - Unions - Movement - Shares - RN
Although independent of parties and unions, the movement shares many of the RN’s demands: proportional representation in parliament, direct democracy through Swiss-style referendums, less European integration and – above all – Macron’s resignation.
“If Macron does not have the wisdom to go back to the people by dissolving parliament, then let the political arbitrage come from European elections,” said Le Pen, as her supporters repeatedly shouted “Macron, demission!” (“Macron, resignation!”).
Le - Pen - Leader - Jean-Luc - Melenchon
Both Le Pen and far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon have publicly sympathized with the yellow vests – named after...
Wake Up To Breaking News!