EU branded a ‘prison’ by furious French MEP – ‘Brussels does not protect France’
Writing in support of far-right Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, MEP Jean-Lin Lacapelle said that she “represents a real alternative in this prison-like European Union.” He said: “Marine Le Pen participated in a major gathering of Europe’s patriotic parties in Warsaw. She represents a real alternative in this prison-like European Union that does not protect the French, their borders or their identity.”
In a second tweet, he added: “Marine Le Pen is on the campaign trail with one objective: to give the French back their country and their money.
“She is meeting carers, police, farmers, business leaders and she will soon be going to the French Overseas Territories, where she came first in 2017!”
Ms Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Rally, met with fellow far-right leaders from across Europe on Sunday in Warsaw, in an attempt to form a new eurosceptic alliance that could become the second-biggest party in the European Parliament.
The talks, hosted by the leader of Poland’s ruling right-wing populist Law and Justice party (PiS), Jaroslaw Kaczynski, saw 14 parties attend.
Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán and Santiago Abascal, the leader of Spain’s Vox party, were both present.
Ms Le Pen described the meeting as “an important step”, but added that she did not expect an imminent announcement of a new parliamentary group.
Speaking to the AFP news agency, she said: “We can be optimistic about the launch of this political force in the months to come.”
She also tweeted: “The future of Europe is being written in Warsaw today.
The guidance was also criticised by a series of politicians on the right, including the former president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, a member of Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia.
Mr Tajani tweeted: “Inclusion does not mean denying the Christian roots of [the EU].”
In response to the furore, the EU’s Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, who presided over the guidance, withdrew the document saying it “clearly needs more work”.
President Emmanual Macron is currently seeking re-election in France, but a resurgence of the far-right is currently posing a threat to the incumbent leader.
Ms Le Pen has firmly established herself as the second favourite, with polling suggesting that around 1/5 of people would support her bid for the presidency.
The polling, conducted by pollsters Elabe on November 24 of 1,491 people, found that between 22 and 24 percent of people would support Le Pen, marking a gain of between two and four percent.
However, it found that Mr Macron is still the favourite, with between 25 and 27 percent of people backing him.
Ms Le Pen’s primary support base is with younger working professionals and working-class voters.
There have been suggestions that Ms Le Pen should join forces with far-right candidate Eric Zemmour.
According to Politico, should the pair join forces, they would win a third of the electorate in the April 2022 elections, beating Mr Macron.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.