Marine Le Pen supports Trump, says ‘anything but Hillary Clinton’

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Washington, Sep 1 (IANS) Marine Le Pen, leader of the right-wing French political party National Front, has backed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and said that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would bring “war”, “devastation” and “instability” if elected as President of the US.

“For France, anything is better than Hillary Clinton. Anything but Hillary Clinton. Because I think Hillary Clinton means war. Hillary Clinton means devastation. It means world instability,” CNN quoted Le pen as saying on Wednesday.

In an interview with CNN, Le Pen, 48, compared herself to Trump, observing that both of them have waged iconoclastic campaigns against their country’s political “establishment”.

“We are similar because we are not part of the establishment, we are not part of the system, and we do not depend on anybody and we don’t take orders from anyone,” she said.

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Le Pen, who along with Trump was a high-profile supporter of Brexit and is a candidate in France’s April 2017 presidential election.

In an interview with Le Parisien, Le Pen said she supported Trump for President back in July and similarly criticised Clinton at the time.

Like Trump’s campaign, Le Pen’s has been a lightning rod for political controversy during her leadership of the National Front.

According to the Daily Mail, opinion polls showed Le Pen making it to an early May run-off in France’s presidential election but losing the second round to any of the leading party candidates.

Le Pen has seen her approval rating remain at about 25 per cent — but it has fallen five points among supporters of the National Front, as former President Nicolas Sarkozy attempts to woo them with his tough stance on immigration and anti-Islamic rhetoric.

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The party, founded by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, is staunchly opposed to cross-border migration in the European Union, has warned against the dangers of accepting refugees from the Middle East and loudly cheered the result of the Brexit referendum.



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