Marine Le Pen, the far-right presidential candidate who will face incumbent President Emmanuel Macron in the second round of elections on April 24, does not want to take France out of the European Union or the eurozone. She said this when asked at the start of the second phase of her campaign. She emphasized that she had no secret agenda to get France out of the European Union.
Le Pen is known for her anti-European rhetoric. But in order to stand a chance against pro-European Emmanuel Macron, the far-right candidate must appeal to a wider audience. During the first round of elections last weekend, Le Pen had to defeat the incumbent: He was able to convince nearly 28 percent of the electorate, and Le Pen got more than 23 percent of the vote. When the same scenario unfolded five years ago, Macron broke into a televised debate by dismissing her project to leave the euro as “de n’importe quoi” fabrications.
Meanwhile, Le Pen called on supporters of leftist presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who came third in the first round, not to vote for Macron. Mélenchon himself has already called on his voters not to vote for Le Pen. Of the losing presidential candidates, only the far-right Eric Zemmour has asked his voters to vote for Le Pen now, albeit reluctantly.
Turnout on April 24 is likely to also play an important role. More than a quarter of those entitled to vote did not turn up. Macron has already called on the masses to head to the polls for the second round.