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‘Le Pen wins and the European Union will COLLAPSE’ Ex-Spanish PM reveals election fears

VICTORY for Marine Le Pen in the upcoming French presidential election would be a fatal body blow for the European Union, former Spanish prime minister José Maria Aznar.

The leader of France’s hard-right Front National political party is currently tipped to win the first round of next month’s crucial vote but rival Emmanuel Macron is currently favourite to take the final victory.However, Mr Aznar told the conservative French daily Le Figaro: “I am extremely worried about the results of the upcoming election.

“Polls are pointing towards a Le Pen victory and predict that all left- and right-wing candidates – pillars of the French political scene – will be eliminated in the first round of voting.”

Aznar and Le PEnGETTY    Jose Maria Aznar said victory for Marine Le Pen in France would be the death of the European Union


Brexit has toppled the status quo

José Maria Aznar

He said: “A Le Pen win is a real possibility. If the Front National is voted into power, France will leave the eurozone and the European Union.“Because if the French vote in favour of leaving the Brussels bloc via a Frexit referendum, the EU – which has already been weakened by the Brexit vote – will collapse.”

The former head of state added that Britain’s shock decision to withdraw from the EU had plunged the soon-to-be 27-member bloc into an “existential crisis”.

Marine Le Pen with arms outstretchedGETTY    Marine Le Pen is still expected to go into the second round of French voting in the lead


He said: “The EU has grown but never shrunk in size. It had focused on integration; but never on disintegration.“Brexit, however, has toppled the status quo and could encourage other countries to follow suit. But Europe cannot survive without a ‘European Union’.”

The ex-prime minister added that the vast majority of Europeans had “made it clear” that they wanted less integration and to restore member state sovereignty.

Jose Maria AznarGETTY    Mr Aznar aligned Le Pen’s popularity with similar movements in the UK and US


He said: “I am not saying that we need ‘less’ Europe; but that we need a ‘multi-speed’ Europe.”Mr Aznar also told Le Figaro that, in his mind, far-left and far-right populists “shared the same fundamental values”.

He said: “Hardline populists promote protectionism and see the outside world as the enemy.

“Mrs Le Pen’s Front National, Britain’s anti-EU UKIP and Spain’s anti-austerity Podemos are all populist parties.

“US president Donald Trump is also a populist.”
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/780493/marine-le-pen-french-election-european-union-collapse-ex-spanish-prime-minister

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