Confident of a Strong Showing, Le Pen the First in France to Launch Campaign for Euro Elections

CNS News | 1/16/2019 | Staff
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Paris (CNSNews.com) – Getting out ahead of her opponents, the far right French politician Marine Le Pen this week launched her campaign for the European Parliament elections in May, with the goal of linking up with likeminded parties in other E.U. member-states to shake things up in Brussels.

In a campaign launch speech, Le Pen described her populist National Rally as “the defender of the Europe of the people,” and “a great alliance of French patriots opposed to the globalists,” declaring that the E.U. as it currently operates “is a threat to our security and our identity.”

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National Rally now has 24 seats in the 751-seat European Parliament, and hopes to increase its representation in May.

Le Pen presented some of the party’s candidates, led by 23-year-old member of the local government in the Parisian suburb of Saint Denis, Jordan Bardella, who also serves as a National Rally spokesman.

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“The European elections will be a referendum on [President] Emmanuel Macron’s politics,” Bardella said in an introductory speech, noting that the president is facing a strong challenge from the so-called Yellow Vest protest movement – a group National Rally voters are supporting.

Bardella also raised migration – a priority issue for the National Rally – accusing Macron and the E.U.’s executive Commission of wanting “to impose migrants in our towns and villages.”

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“But it is to their home countries that these migrants must be relocated, not here,” he said.

Le Pen herself is not heading the list of European Parliament candidates as she is a member of France’s lower house of parliament, and therefore cannot sit in the E.P.

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Political analysts believe she wants to focus on the 2022 presidential elections at home, with the main goal defeating Macron -- who beat Le Pen decisively in a run-off presidential vote in 2017.

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