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France's Le Pen Expresses Support For Trump's Travel Ban

France's Le Pen Expresses Support For Trump's Travel Ban

National Front leader Marine Le Pen (Photo by Alain Robert/Sipa USA via AP Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 01 February 2017 03:07 PM

France's National Front President Marine Le Pen has come out in support of President Donald Trump's travel ban, which has been condemned by most other Western European leaders.

"I think that most of the reactions are in bad faith," Le Pen said in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

"It is a temporary measure. It targets six or seven countries, countries that of course are responsible for terrorist threats. So I think Donald Trump and his intelligence services wanted to set up criteria and conditions to avoid having potential terrorists enter the United States, where they might commit attacks, the same way that France was the victim of attacks."

Le Pen, who is a contender in France's presidential elections in April and May and has been running on an anti-immigration platform, added that Trump "was elected and he said that he was going to do this. And now the world seems to be scandalized because he's implementing what he promised he would do during his campaign."

In the latest polls, the Daily Mail reported that Le Pen is the front-runner in the first round at 25 percent, followed by former conservative prime minister Francois Fillon at 22 percent, maverick independent Emmanuel Macron at 21 percent, and socialist candidate, Benoît Hamon at 15 percent.

The top two finishers face off against each other in the second round of the presidential election.

Le Pen views Trump's rise and Britain's vote to leave the European Union as a boost to her campaign.

When asked on CNN if she would impose a similar travel ban in France, she answered vaguely, saying France had to be "very vigilant" and to secure its borders.

The National Front president also said she supported Trump's anti-free-trade policies, saying that "unfettered free trade has led to a disaster." She emphasized that "people are also calling for an end to this wild and anarchic globalization, and that we are moving towards greater patriotism, to the preservation of culture, of local jobs."

Le Pen also reiterated a promise to hold a referendum on leaving the EU within six months if she was elected, saying she would first attempt to reach an agreement to return full sovereignty to France, and if that failed, would hold the referendum.

She also criticized the sanctions imposed against Russia, saying they not only failed to solve any problems but have created major economic difficulties for the EU.

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