Far-right leader wants EU elec­tion to ‘beat’ Macron

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

France’s far-right Na­tional Rally party launched its cam­paign Sun­day for this year’s Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tion, which it and other na­tion­al­ist, an­ti­im­mi­gra­tion move­ments hope to dom­i­nate.

Dur­ing a speech in Paris, party leader Ma­rine Le Pen urged vot­ers to seize the May 26 vote as a chance to “beat” French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron after weeks of anti-gov­ern­ment protests.

“The mo­ment of the big po­lit­i­cal changeover has come,” Le Pen said of the hoped-for wins by na­tion­al­ist move­ments like hers.

“What we pro­pose is a quiet tran­si­tion from the Euro­pean Union to the Euro­pean al­liance of na­tions...that will al­low us to re­con­quer our bor­der con­trol, our leg­isla­tive, bud­get and mon­e­tary sovereignty”, she said.

French vot­ers will fill 79 of the Euro­pean Union leg­is­la­ture’s 705 seats. Le Pen’s party placed first in France dur­ing the 2014 elec­tion and has a good chance to do the same this year.

Na­tional Rally’s cam­paign slo­gan was un­veiled in gi­ant let­ters at Sun­day’s meet­ing: “We’re com­ing.”

Le Pen sug­gested the yel­low vest protests against Macron’s eco­nomic poli­cies dur­ing the last two months could help her pop­ulist party at the bal­lot box. The move­ment started to op­pose fuel tax in­creases but ex­panded to chal­lenge gov­ern­ment poli­cies seen as favour­ing the wealthy.

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