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France won’t leave Euro! Macron rival’s massive Frexit U-turn laid bare

In 2011, Ms Le Pen said: “The euro will collapse. Because we will not have prepared the exit of the euro, it will be chaos.” In 2017, during the last presidential election, Ms Le Pen promised, once elected, a referendum on leaving the euro.

However, her plans appear to have been dashed as she comes to terms with the notion France will not leave the multi-national currency.

The heavy realisation of France, and more importantly, Ms Le Pen’s manifesto relying on leaving the bloc to implement her policies relied on the public approving the move was shot down in a 2017 radio interview.

During a programme on Europe 1, a listener asked Ms Le Pen what she would do then if the “no” vote won.

She said: “I will leave. Under these conditions, about 70 percent of my project could not be implemented.”

Yet today, there is no longer any question of leaving the euro.

In another U-turn, Ms Le Pen has also had to change her mind on the issue of dual nationality.

In 2014, the National Rally leader said: “We must put an end to dual nationality.”

Once again, knowing votes count across the political spectrum, she changed her mind.

She justified herself on 20 January in the daily Libération.

She said she had “evolved on dual nationality after having met thousands of people, Moroccans, who legally cannot renounce their nationality.”

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mmanuel Macron was heavily criticized for flying the EU flag across a host of landmarks and building upon ascension to the role of assuming the presidency.

Yet, the incumbent has repeatedly enforced the notion France is fast becoming a key player within the European Union as the nation seeks to fill the vacuum left behind in the post-Merkel era.

Although Mr Macron has yet to declare his intention to run for a second term, it is widely believed he will.

Ms Len Pen’s is also tipped to reach the second round over her nearest political rival Eric Zemmour.

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Class clashes between the two far-right candidates have seen Mr Zemmour appeal to the middle-class right-leaning voters, whilst Ms Le Pen attracts more interest from working-class nationalists.

Yet, for one writer, Clea Caulcutt, Ms Le Pen could lose out simply because of who she is.

Writing in Politico, Ms Caulcutt said: “Many within the upper ranks of the National Rally fear that while Le Pen has edged more to the mainstream, she has become part of the furniture.

“And that is not the best place to be ahead of an election.”

With her mind changed on several key National Rally pledges, Ms Le Pen currently stands at 15.5 percent in the polls.

The first round of the elections in France will take place on April 10.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.


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