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European elections: Could Marine Le Pen unite the left and right to CRUSH Emmanuel Macron?


Far-right chief Marine Le Pen (Image: Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)Mrs Le Pen’s candidate list is “the only sovereign list, the only list that calls for France’s independence and the only list which is in a position to block Emmanuel Macron and his steamroller-like anti-social policies,” Andréa Kotarac told the French news channel BFMTV on Tuesday.

Mr Kotarac, a former member of far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s presidential campaign team, added: “Although I do not adhere to the politics of the RN, the current political climate requires us to do what we can to counter Emmanuel Macron. “If Emmanuel Macron comes out on top in the elections, he will accelerate his anti-social reforms.

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In a separate interview with the far-right magazine Elements earlier this week, Mr Kotarac, insisted his “only compass” was the need to “defend popular sovereignty and social justice”. He said: “The European elections offer us a unique opportunity to make a choice: we can either bolster Mr Macron and his damaging social policies, which will in turn trigger the launch of a federal Europe; or we can cast a useful vote and back the only list capable of beating him.

“My choice is made: I will vote for the list led by Jordan Bardella and Marine Le Pen.”He swiftly announced that he was quitting his job as a socialist councillor for the southern Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. A furious Mr Mélenchon, leader of the far-left La France Insoumise (LFI) party, branded Mr Kotarac a “traitor” and expelled him from his political group.

“Kotarac’s switch is an end-of-campaign stink bomb. A set up. The support of such a traitor dishonours those who intend to profit from it,” he tweeted.
French President Emmanuel Macron (Image: Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)Mrs Le Pen, for her part, hailed Mr Kotarac’s “courage and coherence,” but ruled out any form of cooperation with the far-left after the May 23-26 vote.

“There is a consistency” in Mr Kotarac’s decision because Mr Mélenchon’s LFI and the RN both agree that Mr Macron cannot win the European elections, Mrs Le Pen told France 2 television on Wednesday. But an “Italian scenario” whereby the far-left and far-right would join forces to expand their power and clout is “unlikely,” she added.

. Italy’s coalition government is made up of members of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the League, a far-right populist party led by Le Pen ally Matteo Salvini. The bloc’s.....


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