PARIS: National Front Party (NFP)’s Marine Le Pen, who contested against Emmanuel Macron in the recently held French presidential elections, has decided to play the role as the leader of the opposition.
The party, however, is dropping for now its campaign to leave the euro currency and sticking to the basics, like working against “massive immigration.”
Party secretary general Nicolas Bay said on Monday the National Front would present candidates in each of France’s 577 districts, hoping to show it is the “real opposition” to Macron, a centrist whose newly named the prime minister, Edouard Philippe, comes from the ranks of the mainstream right.
The populist Le Pen, who has not been seen since her May 7 defeat to Macron, is to announce by week’s end whether she’ll run for a parliamentary seat. She said Macron’s choice of prime minister shows a “holy alliance” between left and right and continues to try to keep alive a system she wants to break.
The National Front has had only two lawmakers in the National Assembly. One of them, the party leader’s niece, Marion Marechal-Le Pen, a rising star representing the party’s conservative flank in the south, announced last week that she was leaving politics, at least temporarily.