Marine Le Pen steps down as Front National leader hours after election boost

MARINE Le Pen has said she will be temporarily stepping down as the leader of her Front National party less than 24 hours after she reached the second round of the French presidential election.

The shocking news comes a day after Centrist Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French presidential elections and Mrs Le Pen came second.

The leader of the Front National is stepping down in an attempt to attract more voters and distance herself from the Front National, which is seen by many as too far-right with racist and anti-Semitic connotations.

Mrs Le Pen said: “I think that we’re approaching a decisive moment. I’ve always believed that the president should be the president of all the French people and reflect the French public in its entirety.

“I believe that you should act on your words, and it is for that reason that I will be stepping down as head of the Front National.

“Therefore as of tonight I am no longer the president of the Front National, I am a candidate of the presidential election.

“I will be above partisan considerations, and I think this is an important move.”

I don’t understand this at all. Are there any French people who can explain it to the rest of us? Merci.

  • LairdKintyre

    You don’t need to be French to understand this. She is merely declaring her only allegiance is France not a Party. I pray to God she wins. I feel an historic moment is coming fast ordained by God Himself. A new Holy League is coming together. Europe shall be European again.

    • I very much hope she wins too. I just don’t understand ditching your party in the final round. I guess it’s just not very Anglo-Saxon or something. Figured it was a froggy thing.

      • LairdKintyre

        I’m not French. My background is Scottish

        • That would have been my guess.

        • I suppose, like Boswell, you can’t help it. 🙂

        • Justin St.Denis

          Not an amphibian, eh?

          To be fair, there is so much shared history between the French and the Scots that it likely makes little difference.

      • xavier

        It has to do with preventing any smears by the European media of being an ultrarightest vichoise collaborator.
        Shevwants to show that she’s fir all French regardless of ideoogical background.

        Watch the Euro press become utterly deranged. Even if she loses, the media will trybto nuker permanently but it won’t work. The rage against the establishment is close to that of the French revolution

  • Brett_McS

    I suppose she has locked in her base and now is reaching out. Seems a bit late in the day – two weeks from the election? – to do this, though.

  • PerplexedSardine

    There is a possibly useful article here which explains how she hope to broaden her appeal by being non-partisan.