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Leader Of France's Far-Right National Front Backs Donald Trump For President

Marine Le Pen says she would “obviously” vote for the businessman over Hillary Clinton.
Marine Le Pen is among France’s most popular party leaders and has previously been compared to Donald Trump because of
Marine Le Pen is among France’s most popular party leaders and has previously been compared to Donald Trump because of her extreme views.

Donald Trump can now count on the support of a far-right French leader notorious in Europe for making anti-immigrationanti-refugee and Islamophobic hate speeches.

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s nationalist, eurosceptic party, National Front, revealed this week that if she could vote in the U.S. presidential elections, she would choose the presumptive GOP nominee.

I would vote for anyone but Hillary Clinton,” she told the conservative French magazine Valeurs Actuelles. “Between him and Hillary Clinton, it is clear that I would choose Donald Trump.” 

“[Clinton] epitomizes every harmful thing the United States has built and exported into the world, in terms of economic models and international relations,” Le Pen added.

She applauded Trump’s “fantastic showmanship” and said that he “appeals to Americans because he is a free man, not beholden to Wall Street, markets or financial lobbies, or even his own party.”

Le Pen is currently among France’s rising political leaders — opinion polls show that the National Front is likely to shine in the 2017 presidential elections, according to Reuters news agency.

Support for Trump has been building within Le Pen’s National Front party over the past year. Her public backing for the real estate mogul comes after her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who originally led the party, expressed his support for Trump in February.

“If I were American, I would vote Donald Trump,” he wrote on Twitter Saturday in French. “But may God protect him!” 

Whatever the European Union might say, it is essential that France recover the control of its national borders, once and for all.

Political analysts have previously compared Trump and Le Pen over their extreme views on migration, Christian values, climate change and patriotism. A New Yorker headline in December 2015 declared that “Donald Trump is now America’s Marine Le Pen.

Le Pen voiced her rejection of the comparison to Trump, however. “I am not American,” she told the news channel BFMTV. “Me, I’m not [former French President] Nicolas Sarkozy, OK? I am not American. I am French. I defend in France all the French, whatever their origin, whatever their religion.”

The French nationalist has called for putting an end to the reception of migrants in France and for tightening border controls.

“Whatever the European Union might say, it is essential that France recover the control of its national borders, once and for all,” the populist said following November’s terror attacks in Paris. “Without borders, neither security nor protection are possible.”

Le Pen has gleefully and publicly supported Britain’s exit from the EU. She hopes that the move commonly called a Brexit would bolster her eurosceptic agenda in France.

In a YouGov survey carried out in March for HuffPost France, 32 percent of French respondents said they believed Le Pen to be the political figure who most resembled the American billionaire, far ahead of political rivals Sarkozy (10 percent) and Bernard Tapie (9 percent).

A version of this piece was originally published on HuffPost France. It has been translated into English and adapted for a U.S. audience.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.

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