Marine Le Pen (48), who leads the French National Front (FN), said Mr. Trump had “made possible what had previously been presented as impossible.” Le Pen believes that her bid for the French Presidency is now a realistic achievement.
In an interview conducted by the BBC, Le Pen described Donald Trump’s election as “an additional stone in the building of a new world, destined to replace the old one.”
Le Pen likely will reach the second round of the election in May. “Her Eurosceptic, anti-immigration party took more than 27% of the vote in regional elections last December but did not get control of any region because mainstream parties worked together to defeat it, the BBC reported.”
Ms. Le Penn has denigrated the French elite (her term) for several years, on issues of immigration, free trade, and religion with some success, but Trump’s recent victory in the United States has re-energized her campaign.
“The people want their country back” and are tired of open borders Le Pen has often decried. Like Trump, she has broad support among blue collar workers, and there appears to be a substantial “quiet” base of support in the country. The unemployment rate is at 9.6 percent, and the European migrant crisis is causing significant discontent in France.
The first round of voting starts on April 23rd and the winners advance to the May 27th election. Le Pen’s momentum is rapidly picking up speed.
The Republicans will be chosen in US-style primaries – two rounds of voting on 20 and 27 November. The seven candidates will be narrowed down to one and likely face Le Pen in May