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Marine Le Pen delivered a speech in Paris to thousands of her National Rally party supporters, who chanted “Macron, resignation!” as she spoke.
She denounced Macron and the EU as agents of globalisation with contempt for ordinary people.
She also said the European Parliament elections in May ought to be a referendum on whether Macron stays in office. “If Macron does not have the wisdom to go back to the people by dissolving parliament, then let the political arbitrage come from European elections,” she said.
“The European Union as it stands is a menace to our identity and to our security,” she added, while praising the Yellow Vests as a “healthy popular revolt”. The battle is now between nationalists and globalists,” she concluded.
At the same time Macron published a letter in French newspapers.
In the letter he called for a “national debate” on reform over the next two months, leading to a new “contract for the nation” that he would draft by mid-April.
“This is how I intend, with you, to transform anger into solutions. If everyone is being aggressive to everyone else, society falls apart,” he said.
The debate ought to focus on taxation, bureaucracy, environmentalism, and democratic participation, he noted. “No questions are banned”, he added.
But he would not go back on his government’s economic reforms, and if people wanted lower taxes, then they would have to accept less welfare.
Le Pen narrowly lost to Macron in French presidential elections in 2017. But her party now has 24 percent support compared to his 18 percent, according to an Ipsos poll in December.
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