France Analysis

Presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen's struggle for credibility

As far-right leader Marine Le Pen approaches what is predicted will be a tightly fought duel with Emmanuel Macron in the April 24th final round of France’s presidential elections, the credibility of her capacity to govern is under heightened scrutiny, not least over her ability to form a government. Lucie Delaporte reports.

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It was during an interview with rolling TV news channel BFMTV on Wednesday when Marine Le Pen, less than two weeks away from the presidential election playoff between her and Emmanuel Macron, was asked why her party’s members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted against a 1.2-billion-euro emergency aid package for Ukraine. After she dodged the issue with criticism of EU spending, the interviewer brought her back to the question of why the members voted against the aid package.

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