Marine Le Pen temporarily stepping down as National Front party leader

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she is temporarily stepping down as head of her National Front party.

Monday’s move appears to be a way for Le Pen to embrace a wide range of potential voters ahead of the May 7 runoff between herself and Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist who came in first in Sunday’s first round.

This doesn’t make sense to me. It seems a near repudiation of her own party and platform. It will not likely work as she is up against long odds in round 2 and it unfortunately appears desperation has set in.

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  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    Please remember that truth is stranger than fiction, and this is doubly true in France.

    The French mind is not the same as an Anglo-American / Canadian mind, and I predict this move is calculated to tap into French patriots on the left (a large variety of voters) and move some of the centre right to the National Front.

    In any event, this election really is about the future of France, and Marine Le Pen knows this as I hope the majority of French voters do, too.

    • I hope your right.

      • Etobicoke_Gladiator

        Well, Macron is courting the Muslim vote and the forces fearful of the demise of the EU. He is of course a socialist rebranding himself and I believe is still a socialist at heart, despite rhetoric designed to court the right of center on the French political spectrum.

        • Estimates put the muslim population near 10 million in France.

          • Etobicoke_Gladiator

            Yeah, I’ve felt in the marrow of my bones for some years now that France is finished but I was hoping against hope for a change. With Marine Le Pen’s likely defeat forthcoming soon the Afro-Islamist Republic of “France” will be a reality. *sigh*

          • It is now or never for the French. (And even now it will get bloody.)

            Hopefully, Le Pens’ move will be a smart gamble.

    • However, this move might alienate some of her core supporters. They may view it as last-minute wishy-washiness.
      But you are right, it may incite some left and right wing people to vote for her. However, I think this is too late in the day, and the media won’t let people forget who she really is.

    • Solo712

      I don’t think most French voters outside of Macron & Le Pen camps will see this as anything resembling “nobility” but as a cynical attempt to obscure her “true” colours. It’s a futile gesture, especially now. She decided to stick with her dad’s Front National and rebrand it, but of course she has been outmanoeuvred by the establishment at every step and she has not been able to shed the labels of “extremism”, “xenophobia” and “far right” even though they are all false. Her attempts to appear more “mainstream” have not worked and will not work. The mainstream needs to move toward the FN and not vice versa. If you go down, you go down fighting, girl!

      • Etobicoke_Gladiator

        Again, as I said, the French mind works different than the English, American, or Canadian minds. My mother was born in France and most of her family remains there. I’ve spent many months there on multiple trips in the past, most recently this past July.

        Are you French, by any chance?

        In any case, I respectfully disagree with your msm version of Le Pen.

  • Spatchcocked

    Steve Sailer explains M Macron on his website this morning….the elites and the establishment are in a panic…

    Macron is for open borders and immigration…and gutting 120,000 gubmint jobs…..How did he get this far?

  • Brenda

    It worked for Macron, who was a member of the Socialist Party until the day before yesterday. Then he successfully rebranded himself as a centrist outsider, even though he had the open support of lots of leading socialists, such as Segolene Royal.
    So the trick might work for Marine Le Pen as well.

    • I hope it does but everyone is aware of Macron’s charade, he is the French establishment’s boy. And he still leads. It’s customary for the parasites to unite in round 2 against genuine opposition in order to protect their free wine privileges.

      • David Murrell

        Bloomberg News TV this morning mentioned that Macron had, on Sunday night, ducked into a celebratory party, hosted by the giants of France’s establishment. Even the pro-Macro shills on the Bloomberg business news show had a laugh about that.

        • Etobicoke_Gladiator

          Pathetic. No doubt Hillary, too, has already congratulated Macaroni, and of course we all know about the pathetic phone call made by the community organizing semi-Muslim ex-president Hussein Obama.

      • Solo712

        He’s been widely lampooned in the media as “le dauphin posthume de Francois Hollande” and “énarchiste” qui veut être roi” (énarchiste (close to ‘anarchiste’) = graduate of the exclusive École Nationale d’Administration), a careerist chameleon of Obamoid-Opioid brand, but all the same: he is now the go-to guy of the Establishment in France and in Europe. And barring divine intervention, he will be next president of the republic.

        • Etobicoke_Gladiator

          Au revoir, France, et bienvenue La Republique Afro-Islamique de l’Eurabie de la “France”. *sigh*

          • Solo712

            Courage, mon ami ! Tout n’est pas encore perdu!

  • Spatchcocked

    Marines gesture is not a repudiation of her party….she endeavours to show she represents ALL French voters whatever their political stripe…….c’est tant mieux.

  • Spatchcocked

    Does anyone remember the crisis that led these hapless Frogs to vote in that nonentity Hollande?
    Jesus weeps for the crapauds.

  • Does this mean she is walking back on her previous stances?

    • Solo712

      No. It’s purely for optic’s sake.

  • J. C.

    I hope she knows what she’s doing…