France: ‘We need to save Europe from the Union that is destroying it ‘ – Le Pen

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French National Rally leader Marine Le Pen presented her political programme for the upcoming European parliamentary elections, while speaking at an event in Strasbourg on Monday.

Le Pen, who is no longer advocating for a French exit from the EU or leaving the Euro, said she wants to save Europe from the European Union: “we need to save Europe from the Union that is destroying it.”

“We need to save the European reality, made of flavours and colours, of territories and cultures, from a supranational ideology and those who ignore nations, disregard the people’s sovereignty and freedom,” she added.

“This manifesto expresses our European commitment. We are the real Europeans. Since we are French, we are Europeans. We are not in Europe, we are from Europe”, she said.

Jordan Bardella, the party candidate in the EU elections, confirmed that part of the political manifesto is scrapping the EU Commission and transferring its powers to the EU Council.

“We advocate a deep renegotiating of the European treaties, we need to eliminate the European Commission and replace it with a legislative body backed by the EU Parliament and charged with the technical implementation of the decisions we need to take, [a body] which will not hold the right of initiative. It’s the Council -the government representing member States, the government with a democratic legitimisation – which needs to have the exclusive right of initiative” he stated.

The EU Parliament elections will take place between 23 and 26 May.

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