Marine Le Pen has voiced her support for Donald Trump, warning that his rival Hillary Clinton would bring war and devastation to the world.
Asked by CNN which U.S. candidate she supports, the Front National leader remarked that “everything but Hillary” would be better for France.
“As far as France’s best interest is concerned it’s, ‘Everything but Hillary Clinton’.
“It’s everything but Hillary Clinton because I believe Hillary Clinton means war, Hillary Clinton means devastation, destabilizing the world, economic choices that would be devastating for my people, geostrategic choices that would lead to global conflicts,” Ms. Le Pen said.
Ms. Le Pen, who is running as the populist, anti-mass migration and Islamisation candidate in the 2017 presidential elections next year, noted similarities between her campaign and Mr. Trump’s.
“What we have in common is that we’re not insiders, we are not taking part in the ‘system’, we depend on no one and do not take our orders from any financial institutions,” she told CNN in the interview taped and released yesterday.
The Front National leader voiced similar sentiments in July, telling Le Parisien: “If I were American, I’d vote everything but Hillary Clinton.”
Ms. Le Pen declared that the Democratic party candidate: “embodies everything the United States could build and export that’s harmful in the world in terms of business model, international choice…”
She then praised Donald Trump’s appeal as a financially independent candidate, as leaked documents are starting to reveal the extent of Hillary’s dealings with foreign and financial interests.
She explained that what appeals to Americans about Mr. Trump is that “he is a free man, in respect of Wall Street, markets, and financial lobbies and even his own party.”
Ms. Le Pen grouped the rise of Mr. Trump with signs across Europe that voters are standing up to out-of-touch and hostile political classes, highlighting the ‘Brexit’ vote and populist Norbert Hofer’s projected victory in Austrian elections.
Considering Mr. Trump’s journey to become the Republican presidential candidate, Ms. Le Pen told the French newspaper: “We must analyse its breakthrough in terms of what is American politics: it appears as an alien species, it is precisely because it operates in a completely locked system.”