French far-right launches cam­paign for EU par­lia­ment

Hartford Courant - - World & Nation -

PARIS — French far­right party Na­tional Rally has launched its cam­paign for the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tion, which na­tion­al­ist, anti-im­mi­gra­tion move­ments like Marine Le Pen’s hope to dom­i­nate.

Dur­ing a speech in Paris on Sun­day, party leader 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.

She said of hoped-for wins by na­tion­al­ist move­ments in EU mem­ber na­tions: “The mo­ment of the big po­lit­i­cal changeover has come.”

Le Pen’s party placed first in France dur­ing the 2014 Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tion and has a good chance to do the same this year.

French vot­ers will fill 79 of the Euro­pean Union leg­is­la­ture’s 705 seats.

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