The far-right National Front leader, Marine Le Pen, has just played either her Ace Card or her Joker by announcing she will suspend all immigration to France.
For over a year, Marine Le Pen has been the front-runner for the first round of French Presidential elections on April 23. Now, days before the French go to the polls, she has promised to stop ‘a mad, uncontrolled situation.’
The anti-immigration rhetoric has been key in the Brexit and Trump campaigns, which have rocked the political balance in Europe and the United State.
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After an interim period, Mrs. Le Pen is promising ‘much more drastic, more reasonable, more humane, more manageable rules on immigration,’ the BBC reports.
Meanwhile, her main opponent, Emmanuel Macron is turning his attention to the left of the political spectrum with the bizarre warning that if France were ruled by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, it would be like ‘Cuba without the sun’ or ‘Venezuela without the oil.’
In the two latest opinion poll surveys by Elabe and Ifop-Fiducial, Emmanuel Macron is leading the first round race by a whisker vis-à-vis Marine Le Pen (1%) and 4-5% vis-à-vis Mélenchon. But, his chances of winning the Presidency are anything but certain for two reasons.
That means that motivated voters will be decisive. Secondly, it is unclear whether the presumed support for Emmanuel Macron in the second round will come from all corners of the political spectrum, including the far-left.