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May 19, 2022
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EU Apprehensive Of Le Pen

European Union officials return to work on Tuesday after basking in a balmy bank holiday. But, just over the border, the EU’s future is being fought over in the French presidential election.

Far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen, insists she has no secret “Frexit” agenda.

But opponents claim her policies would put France’s place in the EU at risk.

Supporters argue that Brussels has failed to learn the lessons from Brexit.

Voters will choose on Sunday between Ms Le Pen and incumbent Emmanuel Macron, who leads centrist movement La République En Marche (Republic on the move).

Le Pen, the head of Rassemblement National (National Rally), has notably toned down her approach to the EU at this election.

In 2017, her manifesto promised a referendum on EU membership, following six months of talks to try to radically reform the bloc.

But read through this year’s document, “22 measures for France”, and the EU doesn’t even get a direct mention.

Gone, too, is talk of pulling France out of the single currency, the euro.

French government minister and En Marche member Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne believes her softer stance is down to her desire to “conquer the presidency”.


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