PARIS (AP) — Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen says that France is a “nation with a culture, a people, hope,” but would be a “trading floor” if rival Emmanuel Macron is elected.
The populist Le Pen said in a televised debate on Wednesday that vision of Macron, a former investment banker and economy minister, was “absolutely not” hers.
The 2 ½ hour-long debate started and ended with insults and heated barbs from both candidates.
Macron said that Le Pen resembles her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who reached the runoff presidential vote in 2002 and was thrown out of the National Front party he co-founded for making anti-Semitic comments.
He said Marine Le Pen’s platform is based on “fear and lies” and that France must move away from system that produced her far-right party.
Macron told Le Pen: “You are its parasite.”
Le Pen interjected “What class!”
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