French President Francois Hollande fears Frexit and other consequences of a National Front win.
By his claiming that it is his “last duty” to make sure Marine Le Pen does not win the French presidency, we get confirmation of what Francois Hollande fears most of all.
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“The far-right has not been so high (in the polls) for more than 30 years but France will not give in,” vowed the president.
France “is aware that the vote on April 23 and May 7 will determine not only the fate of our country but also the future of the European project itself,” he added.
Le Pen has vowed to ditch the euro as France’s currency if elected and hold a referendum on the country’s membership of the European Union.
Hollande, who has battled stubbornly high unemployment throughout his five-year term and has suffered low poll ratings, decided last year not to run for a second term.
He said it was his “last duty… to do everything to ensure that France is not convinced by such a plan” of taking the country out of the EU.
It seems that Hollande, by naming what is wrong with Le Pen (in his opinion) may be increasing her popularity. The French seem to want out of the EU.
The other issue that has helped that National Front in the polls is corruption in the opposition. According to the Associated Press,
For France’s conservatives, this year’s presidential election should have been effortless.
Instead, the Republicans party – once all but certain to take back the Elysee Palace in 2017 – is in panic and disarray over the corruption-tainted campaign of its candidate Francois Fillon. Riven by dissent as Fillon tenaciously clings to his bid, the conservatives are watching their presidential hopes sink by the day.
Far-right nationalists, meanwhile, are gearing up for what they hope is their Donald Trump moment, in which National Front leader Marine Le Pen proves the pollsters wrong and harnesses the anti-immigration, anti-establishment sentiment percolating around Europe to capture a presidential victory.
In this prediction-defying French presidential campaign, anything could still happen between now and April 23, when the voting begins.
One thing is clear: The conservatives are in trouble. And no one is eager to take Fillon’s place with less than seven weeks left to campaign.
I suspect immigration is a more pressing issue than EU membership for many voters. The French are in danger of losing their nation. As you can see in the video below, the French government refuses to collect or release data relevant to ethnicity and crime. While Hollande fears Le Pen and what she will do if elected to lead the country, the voters fear their country turning into a foreign nation as immigrants make themselves at home in France, refusing to assimilate. They probably fear the crime wave that Hollande is protected from.