European Elections

If Brexit didn’t wake EU, France WILL by voting in REVOLT against Brussels, activist says

FRANCE is the midst of a “revolt” against the European Union that even a victory for the establishment would not stop, according to columnistTim Montgomerie.

The activist has warned the European elite to ignore the French election at their own peril.Today the French are going to the polls in the first round to vote for their new president, as two of the four favourite candidates promise to take the country out of the EU.

Both Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Marine Le Pen want to abolish the euro and cut ties with the European Union.

Le Pen victoryGETTY     Experts have warned a Le Pen victory could lead to the collapse of the European Union

In an interview with Jon Pienaar on Radio 5Live, the British journalist warned that Brexit did not wake up the EU elite – but that the French election certainly will.Jon Pienaar asked: “This first round now, this has the capacity to shake up the EU, to rattle and pull apart the European project, every bit as dramatically as Brexit did, doesn’t it?”

The journalist agreed and said that the election would be an ever greater bombshell than Brexit.

He said: “Guy Verhofstadt blamed the Brexit vote on a catfight in the Tory party – what will he blame France’s vote on?

“Even if Macron succeeds, the European Union will have come yet again close to one of its most important member states registering a big protest.

“Both Le Pen and Mélenchon want to take France out of the euro. The Euro is the central project of the EU of the last decade.”

MACRONGETTY             Macron is the favourite to win the first and second round

Marine Le PenGETTY           Marine Le Pen wants to abolish the euro and cut ties with the EU

He added: “And here you have one of the founding members of the EU in revolt against the European projects”Brexit did not shake the European Union out of its complacency – maybe the French will.”

There are 11 candidates in the running in today’s first round, but only four of them are considered to be contenders.

The last poll before the election had Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron are still neck and neck.

The voting takes place just three days after a jihadist shot dead a policeman on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

Around 50,000 police officers and 7,000 soldiers have been deployed across the country to protect against another attack.

Experts are unclear as to how the attack will affect the vote, with many suspecting it will boost Mrs Le Pen’s campaign.

Tim MontgomerieFILE                  Tim Montgomerie has warned the European elite to ignore the French election at their own peril

Emmanuel Macron, 39, a centrist ex-banker who set up his party just a year ago, is the opinion polls’ favourite to win the first round and beat far-right National Front chief Marine Le Pen in the two-person run-off.Ifop pollsters’ Jerome Fourquet said:  ”It wouldn’t be the classic left vs right divide but two views of the world clashing.

“Macron bills himself as the progressist versus conservatives, Le Pen as the patriot versus the globalists.”

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