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Le Pen to Newsmax: Macron is 'Darling of the System'

By    |   Friday, 05 May 2017 01:24 PM

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Thursday slammed polls showing centrist Emmanuel Macron leading her heading into Sunday's runoff election, telling Newsmax TV host Guido Lombardi that he is "the darling of the system."

"But (the polls) will depend also on those who will not go to vote, from those who will abstain from voting," Le Pen, 48, the National Front party candidate, said in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV.

The most recent poll, taken Wednesday night after a rancorous nationally-televised debate between the two, showed Macron ahead of Le Pen 62 - 38.

She has been trailing by about 20 points for most of the month-long campaign.

However, Le Pen has beaten polls before in this presidential contest.

She garnered the smallest share of the vote in last month's Elabe Poll taken after the debate with all four candidates – only to crush opponents Jean-Luc Melénchon and François Fillon in the first round of voting.

In Wednesday's gritty showdown, their only face-to-face meeting before the vote, Le Pen portrayed Macron as an elitist "darling of the system" that she rejects.

Macron, 39, a former investment banker and economy minister, countered that Le Pen stirred up the hatred and the anger of voters – slamming her as "the high priestess of fear."

Le Pen told Newsmax's George Lombardi during a campaign stop Thursday night that the "Fake News" campaign is as rampant in France as it was in the U.S.

"The coordinated action of the media, isn’t much different from the United States, against us and in favor of Mr. Macron and his campaign," Le Pen told Newsmax. "It has created a false narrative; it has painted a kind of caricature, and it is true that our fight is like David and Goliath. And just like then we must keep a good aim in order to win the fight."

Further, Le Pen accuses Macron of doing the bidding of Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"Due to the complete submission of Mr. Macron to the political orders coming from Mrs. Merkel. … Yesterday I said that in any case, whoever will win, a woman will rule France - it's going to be either me or Angela Merkel.

"We know that Mr. Macron is carried by the whole system – the ruling apparatus – but he is also rejected, refused by a great number of the people of France," Le Pen told Newsmax’s George Lombardi during a campaign stop Thursday night.

"A large number of voters will not vote for him because the political solutions that he wants to implement will have a very hard impact on the lives of working people."

Macron's agenda will also have "a negative social impact" on French citizens," Le Pen said, "since his political agenda favors only the big economic and financial interests.​"

Le Pen told Newsmax she looks forward to working with President Donald Trump if she wins the election.

"First of all I would like to meet him in person, since we did not have the chance to meet, and focus our efforts on securing our people and countries … particularly regarding the great challenges that we face like the vast migrations that are only getting worst, unless we find a solution … like international Islamic terrorism, and may be talk also about the future of Africa," Le Pen told Newsmax.

"I hope to be able to express these concerns and solutions with President Trump," Le Pen said.

And those are much of the same reasons Le Pen said she decided to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

"I wanted to meet Mr. Putin because he is the leader of a important nation that has a fundamental role in the fight against radical Islam and against terrorism," Le Pen told Newsmax. "For this reason France must have a good relationship with Russia, just like we must have a good and balanced relationship with the USA."

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