France’s National Front sticks to euro-exit policy

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Members of parliament Marine Le Pen (L) and Louis Alliot (R) of France's far-right National Front (FN) political party, arrive to attend a special congress gathering both houses of parliament (National Assembly and Senate) at the Versailles Palace, near Paris, France, 03 July 2017.

France’s National Front sticks to euro-exit policy


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The goal of escorting France out of the euro common currency will not be abandoned by the far-right National Front’s platform, despite warning that this is a vote-loser.

The controversial decision came after a two-day, closed-door meeting at the group’s headquarters west of Paris. The meeting was called to discussed the May’s presidential election that saw its candidate Marine Le Pen lose by double digits.

As reported by the Agence France-Presse (AFP), some inside the party argue the euro issue is what helped sink Le Pen’s campaign.

Le Pen, campaigning on an anti-EU and anti-immigration platform, lost with 34% of the vote to centrist Emmanuel Macron‘s 66% in the May 7 runoff.

In parliamentary elections just weeks later, the FN won a mere eight seats in the 577-member National Assembly, missing its target of 15, as Macron’s centrist party captured a comfortable majority.

“I think we need to listen to what the French people said,” he told the broadcaster. “We did not convince people with this idea,” FN secretary general Nicolas Bay told FranceInfo radio on July 21.

But the party’s deputy leader Florian Philippot, a strong supporter of the euro withdrawal policy, had warned against abandoning it.

In related news, the Reuters news agency noted that political analysts have blamed the National Front’s election defeat on its lack of allies, distrust among voters for some of its hardline policies and a TV debate performance by Le Pen that some party officials admit was damaging.

 

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