Paris (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen sticks to her strategy to make the party a more mainstream political force, despite a major defeat in the French local elections. The tactic states that she will bring her to next year’s presidential election.
Le Pen, 52, was reelected as head of the National Rally on Sunday at a party in the southern town of Perpignan.
Her immigration party failed to beat any of the 12 regions of mainland France in last week’s vote — Raise criticism of Le Pen’s strategy.. Some members lamented her choice to tame the party’s militants and accused her of ignoring grassroots members, warning that this could sacrifice her vote. ..
In his speech, Le Pen instead praised the party’s “healthy and necessary development” and said it would not return to the party’s former name, the National Front, which was changed in 2018. Rebranding was part of a broader strategy to revive the national movement after losing to Centrist Emmanuel Macron in the 2017 French presidential election.
Le Pen also confirmed that she would be a candidate for the 2022 presidential election in France. Polls show that she is in a position to reach the spill and is probably facing Macron again.
“That victory, we’re going out and getting it,” she said, calling the 2022 presidential vote a “historic choice.”
“The only option for globalization is the country,” she said. “We have the ambition to restore the order of France.”
The far-right leader also launched a widespread attack on the European Union. This is believed by many nationalists to go beyond that power.
“I can’t repeat that enough. Sovereignty is what freedom for men is for the nation. We decide for ourselves our commitment, our law, our way of life. I want to be able to do it, “she said.
Twenty-five-year-old Jordan Valdera was appointed as the party’s first vice president. Le Pen said he would lead the party during the presidential election.