Wednesday, April 26, 2017

France elections: Le Pen steps down as Front National leader

Populist French presidential frontrunner Marine Le Pen said on Monday that she would step down as leader of the Front National (FN) party to focus on gathering a large number of voters ahead of the decisive voting round on May 7 against Emmanuel Macron.
Le Pen told France 2 that her decision had been made out of the "profound conviction" that the president of the republic must bring together all of the French people.‍
"I will be above partisan considerations," she said.
The move comes just a day after Le Pen reached the second round of the French election along with centrist Macron.
She came second with 21.30 percent, or 7.67 million votes, a record number for the FN, mirroring growing public support for the anti-immigrant and eurosceptic party.

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