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Le Pen Ready to Be ‘Crucified’ for France as She Slides in Polls.

by John Follain and Helene Fouquet.

Bloomberg, ‎April‎ ‎14‎, ‎2017‎.
• Marine Le Pen insists on absolving country for wartime record.

• National Front leader criticizes Trump for new NATO stance.

Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen pulled all the stops to stem her slide in the polls, saying she’s willing to be “crucified” for her stance on absolving France for the wartime deportation of Jews, and pledging to protect the country from Islamic fundamentalists.

In a wide-ranging interview Friday on France Info radio nine days before the first round of the presidential vote, the 48-year-old anti-immigration candidate expressed disappointment at what she said was U.S. President Donald Trump going back on campaign promises, while focusing mainly on well-worn themes that most strike a chord with her electorate: Islam, immigration, national identity and terrorism.

“I don’t want France to be damaged, to be humiliated, that it be held responsible when it is not responsible,” Le Pen said in a . “People can crucify me, I will not change my mind, I will always defend France.” The National Front candidate’s lead in the polls has been whittled away over the last few weeks, leaving her struggling to regain momentum. First-round support for both Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron slipped 0.5 points to respectively 23.5 percent and 22.5 percent, according to a daily rolling poll by Ifop on Thursday. Le Pen was at 26.5 percent in mid-March.

The top four candidates in the presidential race are all within striking distance of the runoff, should they garner enough votes in the first round on April 23.

“Le Pen is hammering away at the two issues of wartime deportations and Muslim fundamentalism because she is trying to refocus the campaign on her strong points, the key motivations for her electors,” Bruno Jeanbart, deputy chief executive of French pollster Opinionway, said in a telephone interview.

Tightening Race.

He said the slight slide in Le Pen’s support could be due both to the race tightening closer to the voting date, and to minor protest candidates stealing votes from her.

“A worry for Le Pen is that voter participation could turn out to be strong, and she would need more votes to get through to the runoff,” he said. “People are going to rallies, watching the TV debates, there’s suspense and many people will think their vote will count.” In the radio interview, Le Pen maintained her contention that France had no responsibility for the 1942 roundup of Jews in and around Paris by French police at the request of the German occupying forces to be sent to concentration camps. The candidate, who first made that comment on April 9, was reverting to the long-established party line that shuns any hint of repentance.

Le Pen said she is “extremely sensitive to the martyrdom of the Jews,” adding that the only issue was “juridical,” whether the Vichy regime was France or not. “I consider that Vichy was not France. French people can commit crimes without France being criminal.” Trump, NATO.

In the interview, Le Pen criticized Trump for changing his mind on the U.S.’s global role after he said on Wednesday that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was “no longer obsolete” in fighting terrorism.

“Undeniably he is in contradiction with the commitments he had made,” Le Pen said. Trump had said in January that NATO was “obsolete.” Among her key proposals is for France to quit the alliance.

“I am coherent, I don’t change my mind in a few days,” she said. “He had said he would not be the policeman of the world, that he would be the president of the United States and would not be the policeman of the world, but it seems today that he has changed his mind.” Attacking Rivals.

Separately, she said in the interview that her rivals are “incapable” of protecting the French from Muslim fundamentalism. She pledged that she would expel “the day after my election” foreign nationals on a security list for suspected links to radical Muslim groups.

At a rally in the village of Pageas in central France on Thursday, Le Pen’s nervousness was visible. For the first time she attacked Jean-Luc Melenchon, the far-left candidate who’s gaining in the polls. She said he would add 100 billion euros in taxes and quipped that “with him everyone will be equal because everyone will be poor.” Le Pen replied curtly in her radio interview when queried about French investigative magistrates asking the European parliament to lift her immunity over her use of a European parliamentary allowance to pay for party work in France.
“It’s normal, it’s a completely standard procedure,” she said. “I’m not surprised.” Asked whether she would abandon politics if she loses the presidential election, Le Pen fired back: “No, I am not like Macron, I am not one-shot. I fight for my country and I will always fight for my country.”
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Le Pen Ready to Be ‘Crucified’ for France as She Slides in Polls.

by John Follain and Helene Fouquet.

Bloomberg, ‎April‎ ‎14‎, ‎2017‎.
• Marine Le Pen insists on absolving country for wartime record.

• National Front leader criticizes Trump for new NATO stance.

Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen pulled all the stops to stem her slide in the polls, saying she’s willing to be “crucified” for her stance on absolving France for the wartime deportation of Jews, and pledging to protect the country from Islamic fundamentalists.

In a wide-ranging interview Friday on France Info radio nine days before the first round of the presidential vote, the 48-year-old anti-immigration candidate expressed disappointment at what she said was U.S. President Donald Trump going back on campaign promises, while focusing mainly on well-worn themes that most strike a chord with her electorate: Islam, immigration, national identity and terrorism.

“I don’t want France to be damaged, to be humiliated, that it be held responsible when it is not responsible,” Le Pen said in a . “People can crucify me, I will not change my mind, I will always defend France.”

The National Front candidate’s lead in the polls has been whittled away over the last few weeks, leaving her struggling to regain momentum. First-round support for both Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron slipped 0.5 points to respectively 23.5 percent and 22.5 percent, according to a daily rolling poll by Ifop on Thursday. Le Pen was at 26.5 percent in mid-March.

The top four candidates in the presidential race are all within striking distance of the runoff, should they garner enough votes in the first round on April 23.

“Le Pen is hammering away at the two issues of wartime deportations and Muslim fundamentalism because she is trying to refocus the campaign on her strong points, the key motivations for her electors,” Bruno Jeanbart, deputy chief executive of French pollster Opinionway, said in a telephone interview.

Tightening Race.

He said the slight slide in Le Pen’s support could be due both to the race tightening closer to the voting date, and to minor protest candidates stealing votes from her.

“A worry for Le Pen is that voter participation could turn out to be strong, and she would need more votes to get through to the runoff,” he said. “People are going to rallies, watching the TV debates, there’s suspense and many people will think their vote will count.”

In the radio interview, Le Pen maintained her contention that France had no responsibility for the 1942 roundup of Jews in and around Paris by French police at the request of the German occupying forces to be sent to concentration camps. The candidate, who first made that comment on April 9, was reverting to the long-established party line that shuns any hint of repentance.

Le Pen said she is “extremely sensitive to the martyrdom of the Jews,” adding that the only issue was “juridical,” whether the Vichy regime was France or not. “I consider that Vichy was not France. French people can commit crimes without France being criminal.”

Trump, NATO.

In the interview, Le Pen criticized Trump for changing his mind on the U.S.’s global role after he said on Wednesday that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was “no longer obsolete” in fighting terrorism.

“Undeniably he is in contradiction with the commitments he had made,” Le Pen said. Trump had said in January that NATO was “obsolete.” Among her key proposals is for France to quit the alliance.

“I am coherent, I don’t change my mind in a few days,” she said. “He had said he would not be the policeman of the world, that he would be the president of the United States and would not be the policeman of the world, but it seems today that he has changed his mind.”

Attacking Rivals.

Separately, she said in the interview that her rivals are “incapable” of protecting the French from Muslim fundamentalism. She pledged that she would expel “the day after my election” foreign nationals on a security list for suspected links to radical Muslim groups.

At a rally in the village of Pageas in central France on Thursday, Le Pen’s nervousness was visible. For the first time she attacked Jean-Luc Melenchon, the far-left candidate who’s gaining in the polls. She said he would add 100 billion euros in taxes and quipped that “with him everyone will be equal because everyone will be poor.”

Le Pen replied curtly in her radio interview when queried about French investigative magistrates asking the European parliament to lift her immunity over her use of a European parliamentary allowance to pay for party work in France.
“It’s normal, it’s a completely standard procedure,” she said. “I’m not surprised.”

Asked whether she would abandon politics if she loses the presidential election, Le Pen fired back: “No, I am not like Macron, I am not one-shot. I fight for my country and I will always fight for my country.”