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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New Development In French Elections

BREAKING: Le Pen Steps Down From National Front

Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images
French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she will
step down as leader of her National Front (FN) party. Le Pen told TV
channel France 2, "This evening I decided to take my leave of the presidency
 of the National Front. I will be above partisan considerations." Le Pen added
 that France is headed toward a "decisive moment.” Attempting to widen the
range of her voters past the parameters of the National Front’s traditional
 constituencies, Le Pen announced on television, “Tonight, I am not the
 president of the National Front, I am the presidential candidate, the one who
 wants to gather all the French around a project of hope, of prosperity, of security.”
Le Pen also tweeted the news:

"Je me mets en congé de la présidence du Front National : je ne suis plus que la candidate à la présidentielle." 
On Sunday, Le Pen won 7.6 million votes, the most ever for a National Front
candidate. Positions taken by her party include drastically reducing immigration
by implementing an immediate moratorium; “automatically” expelling illegal
 immigrants and cutting immigration to 10,000 per year; closing “extremist”
 mosques; stifling free trade; changing France’s relationship with the
 European Union; fixing retirement age at 60  and instituting a 35-hour
 work week.

Le Pen is facing a united front of foes across the political spectrum. France’s
 Prime Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, urged voters to vote for Emmanuel
Macron, who slightly bested Le Pen and will be facing her in a two-person

BREAKING: French prime minister calls on voters to reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen in runoff and vote for Emmanuel Macron.
Fox News contributor Nigel Farage, one of the leaders of the successful
 Brexit movement in Great Britain, tweeted:

The entire global establishment are backing Macron in France. That should tell you everything you need to know.
On Monday, polls showed roughly 60 percent of voters would support Macron;
 less than 40 percent would vote for Le Pen. They are scheduled to
 debate on television on May 3.