Marine Le Pen promises a total ban on immigration

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French far-right Front National (FN) party leader and presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen arrives on stage for a rally during a campaign visit to the Western French region of Brittany, in La Trinite-Porhoet, France, 30 March 2017.

Marine Le Pen promises a total ban on immigration


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The far-right National Front leader, Marine Le Pen, says she will suspend all immigration to France.

For over a year, Marine Le Pen has been the front-runner for the first round of French Presidential elections on April 23. Days before the French go to the polls, she promises to stop “a mad, uncontrolled situation.”

The anti-immigration rhetoric has been key in the Brexit and Trump campaigns, which have rocked the political balance in Europe and the United State.

After an interim period, Mrs. Le Pen is promising “much more drastic, more reasonable, more humane, more manageable rules on immigration,” the BBC reports.

Meanwhile, her main opponent, Emmanuel Macron is turning his attention to the left of the political spectrum warning that if France were ruled by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, it would be like “Cuba without the sun” or “Venezuela without the oil.”

In the two latest opinion poll surveys by Elabe and Ifop-Fiducial, Emmanuel Macron is leading the first round race by a whisker vis-à-vis Marine Le Pen (1%) and 4-5% vis-à-vis Mélenchon. But, his chances of winning the Presidency are anything but certain for two reasons.

Marine Le Pen has a motivated electorate, while the two last polls suggest that there is a surging number of voters that will consciously abstain from voting in the region of 30-32%. That means that motivated voters will be decisive. Secondly, it is unclear whether the presumed support for Emmanuel Macron in the second round will come from all corners of the political spectrum, including the far-left.

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