Marine Le Pen vows to put France first at National Front party conference

Marine Le Pen of the National Front (FN) kicked off her campaign to become France’s next president with a speech that took many of its cues from the campaign rhetoric of divisive – and successful – populist leaders in Britain and the United States.

Delivering her speech to an audience of around 3,000 people in Lyon on Sunday, Le Pen emphasized that under her leadership France’s national interests would take precedence above all else – an obvious nod to the platforms on which US President Donald Trump (“America First”) and “Leavers” in the UK (“Take back control”) rode to success.