Le Pen begins French campaign with Trumpian tones
Marine Le Pen kicked off her bid for French president with a campaign, as the Financial Times says, that hopes to "capitalise on some of the same nationalist forces that swept US President Donald Trump to power last year."
Some of her campaign promises:
- France will control its borders and protect its national identity from immigration
- New negotiations with the EU to turn it into a "loose confederation of nations," and if that fails a vote on leaving the EU
- Lower taxes and higher welfare payments for working class
- "Intelligent protectionism" including a rejection of trade treaties
Why it might matter: Le Pen is projected to win the first round of voting in April but fall short in the final ballot the next month