Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Le Pen savages immigrants in final rallying cry

Le Pen savages immigrants in final rallying cry

But that threat is precisely why Europe must address seriously the possibility of her winning, however unlikely it may seem.

Since the United Kingdom took the decision to opt out of the European Union (EU) last June, a wave of populist, anti-European sentiment has swept across the continent, putting the very existence of the political bloc under threat.

But there would be important differences between Brexit and Frexit. Whereas many UK Euroskeptics envision a global Britain trading with the world, Le Pen wants to introduce protectionist policies.

Will Marine Le Pen 2017 be like the Lionel Jospin of 2002, who was eliminated in the general election after neglecting his campaign in the first round?

Such policies are heretical to investors but increasingly appeal to French voters.

However, with no major attacks on French soil since last summer, polls show that unemployment, stuck around 10 percent, and political integrity - an issue that has arisen after accusations of nepotism leveled at Fillon in particular since early this year - are bigger issues for voters. While it once looked like Le Pen would take as much as one-third of the vote, she now finds herself in second place, just 3 points ahead of the bottom two contenders, according to a HuffPost France poll count.

The BVA poll showed abstentions at between 20 and 24 per cent.

With a persistent high terrorism risk in the country where a state of emergency has already been imposed, Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said 50,000 police, gendarmes and soldiers would be deployed during the election's two rounds.

Macron would win a head-to-head contest against National Front (FN) chief Le Pen, the poll showed.

Mr. Macron, who is fighting right-wing euroskeptic Marine Le Pen for the lead in Sunday's election for France's top office, had an answer. The new arrest has extended the lengthy list of thwarted terror attacks in France in recent years. And he has been exploring what the president can and cannot do - including calling referenda - without permission from parliament.

When most people think of home security, they think about alarms, door locks, and surveillance. Of course, with so many unknowns, there is a limit to the plans they can share publicly; indeed, at this stage, specific statements may even prove counterproductive.

Left-leaning Le Monde newspaper warned that Le Pen's claim that she would have prevented attacks that have claimed hundreds of lives was "absurd".

PARIS ― There's a storm brewing over Marine Le Pen's presidential campaign.

The nightmare scenario for global financial markets: A second-round duel between the equally sharp-tongued Le Pen and Melenchon.

"The measures that I want to put in place would mean that many of these people (Islamist attackers) would not have been on our territory or living freely", she told BFM, repeating a claim from a speech on Sunday night. Macron prefers that France remains within a more integrated EU; indeed, he calls himself a "convinced European".

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