“The Front National … must deeply renew itself in order to rise to the historic opportunity and meet the French people’s expectations,” Le Pen said in a brief address to her supporters shortly after the first projections of the presidential elections’ results were released.
“I will propose to start this deep transformation of our movement in order to make a new political force,” she added, as cited by Reuters.
She went on to say that her result in the presidential elections is historic, despite the defeat, and added that her party would become the main opposition force to Macron. The Front National leader also said that the French political landscape is “split” between the “patriots” and the “globalists” and called on all French “patriots” to join her new political movement.
At the same time, she also said that she was immediately beginning a new election campaign for the parliamentary elections scheduled for the next few months.
Her words were echoed by other Front National politicians. Florian Philippot, the party’s deputy president, called Le Pen’s result in the presidential elections “unprecedented” and praised her election campaign.
He also said that the Front National would oppose Macron. At the same time, he admitted that the party needs to change and he said that the new political movement would not be called the Front National. Philippot also called Macron’s success “a victory for the financial oligarchy” in an interview to TF1 TV channel.
In the meantime, Front National founder and Marine Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie le Pen, said that his daughter’s position on the euro and pensions had harmed her campaign. He also accused Philippot, who was one of Marine Le Pen’s major advisors, of being responsible for Marine Le Pen’s defeat.
The truth is it seems the European patriots (Austria, Netherlands, France, etc.) seem to be unable to replicate the BRexit and Trump successes, and with the plan to broaden the appeal, it seems she has realised her mistake. She would do well to mind Evangelicals and other groups.
Or is it just an English thing, this patriotism?
Next stop Germany, for the final conquest of Europe by the EU…