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Le Pen criticises Macron for speaking English

Politico, Jan 11

Far-right National Front says the presidential candidate has ‘no respect’ for the French language.

France’s far-right National Front party criticised Emmanuel Macron, a centrist candidate in the upcoming Presidential election, for speaking in English at a conference Tuesday in Berlin.

“Presidential candidate Macron goes to Berlin to do a conference in English… poor France!,” Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party wrote on Twitter.

Florian Philippot, the party’s deputy leader, said according to AFP that Macron’s move shows that he “has no respect for our language and that he doesn’t believe in France.”

Macron, a former economy minister, spoke at Berlin’s Humboldt University about his plans for European security, and the euro, if elected president.

An opinion poll published Tuesday suggests that Macron, who started a movement called “En Marche” is closing in on Le Pen and the centre-right’s François Fillon, the two favourites to make it to the second round of the election in May.

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