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French far-right leader Le Pen still hopes to destabilize Macron in legislative elections


Far-right French politician Marine Le Pen returned to the electoral fray on Sunday, announcing herself as a candidate in June’s legislative elections after weeks of silence since losing the presidential vote to Emmanuel Macron last month.

“I hope we will have a strong presence in parliament to lead, once again, the fight against the social policies that Emmanuel Macron wants to put in place,” she said, adding that she would run for re-election in his northern constituency of Pas de Calais.

Le Pen was speaking during a visit to the town of Hénin-Beaumont marking VE Day – the anniversary of the Allies’ 1945 victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two.

Le Pen, beaten by Macron in the April 24 second round of elections, has presented herself as the centrist president’s main opponent and has targeted far-left politician Jean-Luc Melenchon.

Mélenchon, who came third in the first round of the presidential election, leads a coalition of left-wing parties that hopes to deprive Macron of a majority in parliament. This alliance launched its campaign on Saturday.

“The reality is that Jean-Luc Mélenchon helped get Emmanuel Macron elected, which completely discredits his ability to position himself as an opponent,” Le Pen said, underscoring his disagreement with the left-wing politician on questions of security. immigration and public order.

Le Pen’s party, the National Rally (RN), currently holds just seven seats in the National Assembly, or lower house of parliament. The party, which has sought in recent years to soften its image, will not form an alliance with Eric Zemmour, far-right expert turned presidential candidate, and his Reconquete party.

Macron, sworn in for a second term on Saturday, will preside over the main Victory Day event on Sunday at Place de l’Etoile in Paris.

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