German Foreign Minister: Le Pen Got Too Many Votes

VILLEPINTE, FRANCE - MAY 01: Presidential Candidate Marine Le Pen thanks her supporters during an election rally on May 1, 2017 in Villepinte, France. Le Pen faces Emmanuel Macron in the final round of the French presidential elections on May 07. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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PARIS (AP) —  Michael Roth, Germany’s deputy foreign minister, says the result was marred by right wing candidate Marine Le Pen getting 11 million votes.

Roth, whose portfolio includes Franco-German relations, told public broadcaster ARD on Monday that “it mustn’t become normal that right-wing extremists and populists achieve such strong results.”

He says Germany had in the past “too often behaved like the teacher toward France” and suggested relaxing European Union rules on state spending to allow France to boost economic growth.

Roth says that “if Macron fails then the next president will be Marine Le Pen and we need to prevent this at all cost.”


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