- Title: French far-right leader Marine Le Pen hails Donald Trump win
- Date: 9th November 2016
- Summary: NANTERRE, FRANCE (NOVEMBER 9, 2016) (REUTERS) HEAD OF FRENCH FAR-RIGHT NATIONAL FRONT PARTY, MARINE LE PEN, ARRIVING FOR STATEMENT LE PEN POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS (SOUNDBITE) (French) HEAD OF FRENCH FAR-RIGHT NATIONAL FRONT PARTY, MARINE LE PEN, SAYING: "What happened last night wasn't the end of the world but the end of a world. The Americans gave themselves a president of their choosing and not the one that the establishment wanted them to rubber-stamp - as if the election were just a formality or even a duty to keep up appearances or decorum." POSTER READING (French): "BREXIT, AND NOW FRANCE" LE PEN GIVING STATEMENT (SOUNDBITE) (French) HEAD OF FRENCH FAR-RIGHT NATIONAL FRONT PARTY, MARINE LE PEN, SAYING: "The overwhelming vote in favour of Brexit of course and now Donald Trump's election, these are democratic choices which bury the ancient order and they are the bricks which will build tomorrow." REPORTER WORKING ON COMPUTER PHOTOGRAPHER AT WORK (SOUNDBITE) (French) HEAD OF FRENCH FAR-RIGHT NATIONAL FRONT PARTY, MARINE LE PEN, SAYING: "Because only the interest of France and French people counts for me, I dare say here, that the election of Donald Trump is a good piece of news for our country. The refusal of the Transatlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA) -- and more generally of wild globalisation -- the pacification of international relations and especially with Russia, the withdrawal from aggressive operations that caused the big migratory waves of which we are direct victims. These commitments, if they are kept, are to France's benefit."
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- Keywords: Le Pen Front National Donald Trump elections America USA presidentials
- Location: NANTERRE, FRANCE
- City: NANTERRE, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00157Q679J
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- Story Text:France's far-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen congratulated Donald Trump for his U.S. presidential election victory on Wednesday (November 9) and said she hoped the same kind of upset would happen in France next year.
"What happened last night wasn't the end of the world but the end of a world. The Americans gave themselves a president of their choosing and not the one that the establishment wanted them to rubber-stamp," Le Pen told reporters at the National Front headquarters.
Opinion polls show Le Pen is likely to win the first round of French presidential elections next April but lose the second runoff round in May to whoever should be her opponent.
France's National Front has been building support for its anti-immigration, anti-European Union stance in recent years.
Marine Le Pen argued that Trump's victory is part of a much wider revolt by voters against political elites worldwide, an above all in her case France.
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