Marine Le Pen, leader of the right-wing extremist party Rassemblement National: Apart from “disillusions, betrayal and being left in the lurch”, the partnership with Berlin has brought “nothing”. (Source: Norbert Scanella / imago images)
Germany has betrayed France and let it down, says right-wing politician Marine Le Pen. If she wins the French presidential elections in April, she wants to end the close cooperation.
The French right-wing populist Marine Le Pen wants to break with Germany in nine months if she wins the presidential election. The close partnership with Berlin has brought “nothing” to France on the foreign policy and military level except for “disillusionment, betrayal and being left in the lurch,” she wrote in a guest article for the newspaper “L’Opinion” on Wednesday on the occasion of the French national holiday in commemoration of the storming of the Bastille in 1789.
The Franco-German couple is heading for a “divorce”, Le Pen continued. Germany is unilaterally focused on its leading position in Central Europe. “France must therefore turn to other horizons from 2022,” she demanded.
Rapprochement with Great Britain
Le Pen called for closer cooperation with the nuclear power Great Britain, with which France “shares a similar diplomatic and nuclear rank”. With the British and other allies in the world, she wants to advance the fight against Islamism as a matter of priority.
The presidential elections in France will start on April 10th next year. In the runoff election two weeks later, pollsters predict another duel between President Emmanuel Macron and Le Pen. In 2017, Macron clearly won the runoff election.