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France’s Le Pen urges show of nationalist force in European elections

September 16, 2018 By Jean-Francois Rosnoblet FREJUS, France (Reuters) – France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged Europe’s populist parties to unite against a liberal establishment in next year’s European elections, as she made a combative return to the spotlight after her bruising election defeat last year. In a speech on Sunday to supporters of her National Rally party in the southern town of Frejus, Le Pen said her party would campaign for May’s European Parliament elections “in liaison” with allies in its Europe of Nations and Freedom party. France’s president Emmanuel Macron has pitched the vote as an open battle between anti-immigrant populists like the National Rally and pro-European Union progressives like himself. “In France, our objective is to beat Macron,” she said to a chorus of cheers in the southern bastion of far-right support. “In Europe, it is to build with our allies, the other (nationalist) groups, a majority that makes a break from the decaying European Union and moves toward a cooperation of nations which respect each other’s diversity and identity.” Le Pen wants to force Brussels to hand back powers to nation states, an outcome supporters of the EU say would sound the death knell for…

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