The French presidential election has just ended and the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is hoping to use it as an opportunity to push for further European Union integration.
“I believe the election of Emmanuel Macron will provide a chance for Europe to become more integrated,” Le Pen said in a speech at the opening of her party’s new office in Paris on Tuesday.
“It will be very important to build a political space, because the EU has always been Europe, the EU is our common home, but also our future,” she said.
“We must unite and have the courage to make Europe great again,” Le Petit Cambodge, Le Pen’s campaign director, told the AFP news agency.
Macron, a billionaire businessman who won election in May on a populist platform, has promised to slash France’s budget deficit and increase tax revenue.
He has vowed to build an economy of 150 million jobs and reduce the budget deficit to 3.5 percent of GDP.
Macron is backed by centrist voters who fear that Europe is slipping further and further into a malaise that will bring about the downfall of the EU, and a return to nationalism.
Le Pen, a staunchly anti-immigration, anti-EU and anti-establishment figure, won an outright majority in last year’s presidential election and is expected to retain the second-biggest parliamentary majority of any of the main candidates in the runoff on May 7.
“I think it’s very important that we are not afraid of the future,” Le Parme said.
Trump, a US businessman and reality TV star, is widely expected to make a second bid for the presidency in 2020, but it is unclear whether he will run for re-election.
After losing the presidential election, Trump’s campaign has been reeling.
Trump, a reality television star, has been widely expected of a second run for the White House in 2020.