France’s new hero Marine Le Pen, inspired by Trump’s victory and leading in the polls, vows to put France First and stop the migrant madness.
Lyon, Feb. 4, 2017
The far-right presidential candidate unveiled her platform at a conference this weekend, envisioning a thriving nation “made in France.” Her plan includes reserving public bids for French companies if their offers are reasonable and adding a tax for foreign workers.
As president, Le Pen said she would end what she called the “ultra-liberal economic model,” globalization, open borders and “massive immigration,” notably of Muslims.
Immigrants take jobs from French citizens, raise the terrorism risk and destroy the identity of France.
“No more,” she vowed.
Le Pen’s National Front party is ahead in early polls for the April 23 and May 7 elections.
The French election pits “good versus evil,” National Front official Jean-Lin Lacapelle said at the start of the conference. “The survival of France is at stake.”
“If you’re on a battlefield you’d follow Trump,” said a Parisian baker, “Marine Le Pen, I would follow her.”
President Trump’s ban on refugees and immigrants from seven mainly Muslim countries serves as a model for Le Pen, but first France must divorce itself from the European Union and its open-borders policy.
Le Pen’s 144 commitments unveiled on Saturday include: Ending membership in Nato’s integrated command; no more euro currency, European Union or open borders; and no more second chances for the thousands of foreigners under surveillance as suspected potential terrorists. They would be expelled from the country.
Parisian baker Walter Fraudin, 44, a National Front member, said Mr Trump’s victory might motivate the French to undo a political system that doesn’t work.
“He does what he says,” Mr Fraudin said of Trump. “If you’re on a battlefield you’ll follow him. Marine Le Pen, I would follow her.”
Her first presidential action would be to get France out of the European Union and free her country from the euro currency and border agreements.
“Today, the European Union decides in your place,” said Ms Le Pen’s campaign manager David Rachline. “It is the survival of industry, the survival of jobs that are at stake in this election battle.”