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Before the election on Sunday – Macron describes Le Pen as a right-wing extremist

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Incumbent Macron is up against Marine Le Pen in the French presidency runoff. A TV debate before the election showed that she represented “French right-wing extremism,” said Macron.

French President Emmanuel Macron assigned Marine Le Pen to the right-wing extremist camp shortly before the runoff election for the presidency. The recent TV debate with Le Pen has clearly shown that this is “French right-wing extremism,” Macron said on Friday on France Inter.

Liberal incumbent Macron and his challenger Le Pen face off in the crucial second round of the French presidential election on Sunday.

In Wednesday’s television duel, Le Pen equated Islam with Islamism and then with terrorism, Macron said. She wants to ban the headscarf in public space and is pursuing goals that are not consistent with the constitution. You can read more about the TV debate here.

Macron and Le Pen in the election debate: The RN politician is pursuing goals that are not in line with the constitution, according to the incumbent. (Source: Ludovic Marin/Reuters)

In addition, there is her past, said Macron. “Mrs. Le Pen is the heir to a father, a party, an ideology that is also heavily based on anti-Semitism,” Macron said.

Marine Le Pen’s father Jean-Marie, convicted several times for trivializing crimes against humanity, founded the right-wing Front National party in 1972, which later achieved significant electoral successes. In 2011, Marine Le Pen took over the presidency and began to strive for a more moderate image. In the course of this, she renamed the party to the Rassemblement National in 2018.

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