Marine Le Pen, candidate of the National Front (FN), has formally launched her presidential campaign, attacking globalisation and radical Islam. Le Pen and far-left rival, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, staged major rallies in Lyon, one day after the campaign launch of centrist, Emmanuel Macron.
Le Pen has pledged to take France out of the eurozone and hold a referendum on EU membership unless the EU agrees to renegotiate its terms. FN deputy leader, Florian Philippot told supporters in Lyon that, “[p]eople are waking up. They see Brexit, they see Trump and they’re saying to themselves: ‘It’s worth going to vote’.” Le Pen also claimed that “[f]inancial globalisation and Islamist globalisation are helping each other out. Those two ideologies aim to bring France to its knees.”
Opinion polls suggest that Le Pen will win the first round, but lose the second round on the 7th May. On the other hand, Macron’s chances of advancing to the second round are significantly higher, as a financial scandal sees centre-right candidate, Francois Fillon’s support dropping rapidly.