Le Pen returns to campaign for French Parliament after loss to Macron
French right-wing leader Marine Le Pen is back on the campaign trail after conceding to French President Emmanuel Macron.
Le Pen, 53, returned from the political fray after weeks of silence to announce she will run for reelection in her northern constituency of Pas-de-Calais in parliamentary elections next month.
“I hope that we will have a strong presence in parliament to lead, once again, the fight against the social policies that Emmanuel Macron wants to put in place,” Le Pen said during a visit to Henin-Beaumont in northern France on Victory in Europe Day.
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Le Pen, leader of the National Rally, hopes to take legislative control away from Macron’s party, La Republique En Marche!, during next month’s elections despite her dashed presidential hopes.
Toujours un plaisir de partager un moment avec vous, comme aujourd’hui, pour ce repas fraternel du 8 mai à Hénin-Beaumont. 😊 pic.twitter.com/F3RLXXPMUE
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) May 8, 2022
Macron is also facing opposition from left-wing leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, who is leading a coalition of left-wing parties hoping to deprive Macron’s party of a majority. If Macron’s party fails to achieve a majority, it would strip away some of his presidential power.
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“The reality is that Jean-Luc Melenchon helped get Emmanuel Macron elected, so that completely discredits his ability to position himself as an opponent,” Le Pen said.
National Rally currently holds only seven seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, France’s lower house of parliament.