Le Pen Names Nationalist As Prime Minister In Last Minute Bid To Boost Votes

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With one week to go until the runoff round in the French presidential elections, Marine Le Pen - materially lagging her rival Macron according to daily polls - on Saturday chose defeated first-round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her prime minister, in a last-minute attempt to court his voters and help her defeat her opponent.

"As President of the Republic I will name Nicolas Dupont-Aignan Prime Minister, supported by a presidential majority and united by the national interest," she told a news conference in Paris at which the two politicians sat together.

"We will form a government of national unity that brings together people chosen for their competence and their love of France," Le Pen told a Paris news conference, sitting side-by-side with her choice for premier.

According to Reuters, Dupont-Aignan is a nationalist whose protectionist economic policies are close to those of the National Front's Le Pen and who, like her, is urging a reduction in the powers of EU institutions. In the first round, Dupont-Aignan received 4.7%, or roughly 1.7 million votes, and on Friday announced that he was backing Le Pen for the decisive May 7 second round.

Macron quickly denounced the alliance of Marine Le Pen with Dupont-Aignan a "trick," to boost Le Pen’s credibility and address Dupont-Aignan’s financing issues, according to Agence France-Presse.  The alliance “seems to be a party trick destined to address Marine Le Pen’s credibility issues, as she has no team around her, and Mr. Dupont-Aignan’s financing issues. It’s no more than that and it’s not serious.”

The latest polls on Friday showed Macron winning the French presidential runoff with 59-60 percent of votes, but the momentum has been with Le Pen, who has clawed back about five percentage points over the past week.

Macron and Le Pen between them accounted for only 45 percent of the first round vote, and the battle is now on for the remainder.

As Reuters adds, the presidential contest has blown apart traditional party loyalties. Voters now have a choice between a resurgent right, once a pariah in French politics, and a man whose political movement is less than a year old and who has never held elected office. It sets Macron's enthusiasm for the EU and call for pro-business reforms to boost growth against Le Pen's desire for France to close its borders to immigrants, unwind EU institutions and restrict imports to protect jobs.

"The May 7 election is about a European choice," said outgoing President Francois Hollande, under whom Macron served as economy minister from 2014 to 2016 before turning his back on the Socialist government to prepare his own presidential bid.


Meanwhile, Dupont-Aignan, who stood in the election for his party 'Stand up France' said he had signed an agreement on the future government with Le Pen that took into account some "modifications" of her program. Dupont-Aignan is less hardline than Le Pen in some areas such as reintroduction of the death penalty, and in 2013 he said on twitter that his party "cannot align ourselves with the extreme right". However he is seen as having hardened his position on immigration since.

Macron was on a campaign trip in central France where on Friday night he called politicians who do not back him "morally weak." On Saturday, he said the alliance between Dupont-Aignan and Le Pen clarified the choice on offer to voters.

Commenting on the Le Pen alliance with Dupont-Aignan, Bruno Jeanbart, deputy-CEO of polling organization OpinionWay told Bloomberg the potential gain of additional votes from the rallying of conservative politician Nicolas Dupont-Aignan for French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen will be limited.

"The impact is limited” from Dupont-Aignan rallying Le Pen’s campaign. Le Pen can hope to gain one to two additional percentage points “and even that is doubtful” as part of those who voted for Dupont-Aignan in the first round had initially planned to vote for Republican’s candidate Francois Fillon but were disappointed by him. He added that “Dupont-Aignan won less than 5% of the votes in the first round and it’s far from enough to help (Le Pen) catch up with Macron”, which is an odd evaluation for an impartial polling organization to be making.

“The question is not who is going to win the second round, but Macron’s and Le Pen’s scores” and "by how much Macron is going to win", which again prompts questions into the objectivity of OpinionWay, whose virtually every single poll in the past 2 weeks has at most strayed from a 60-40 breakdown for the two candidates by 1 point, prompting even the Economist to ask if the "French pollsters are cheating."

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1.21 jigawatts's picture

That DuPont last name has A LOT of shit attached to it.

thunderchief's picture

I still hope she take that Obama bath budy fag banker to the cleaners.

Wishful thinking like the Donalds campaign promises. 

y3maxx's picture

The French citizenry will elect Le Pen in if she promises 27.5 hour work weeks from the present 30.

DingleBarryObummer's picture

"if I am elected, water fountains will become wine fountains!"

French Bloke's picture

As usual, all MSM & polls are backing the elitist candidate. In France, many are using a;lternative media. Le Pen is popular on Twitter & Facebook. Don't believe MSM & pollsters. Just like Brexit & Trump, this could be a major (positve) upset. And she will get the Melenchon vote, no two ways about that. They hate Macron. As ever - greedy globalists vs patriots....

greenskeeper carl's picture

I read the other day that something like 70% of French citizens think current amounts of immigration are too high. If that's the case, why is the only candidate wanting to do anything about it not winning.

The other thing that annoys me is that she is always called 'extreme right' or some such by every media outlet, yet if you read her platform, she sounds like Bernie sanders other than the immigration issue.

French Bloke's picture

People, unfortunately, listen to the rhetoric rather than the words of those being insulted by the MSM. Anybody who is for a countries independence is now branded a fascist, ironically by the globalist fascists themselves. I think the game is up for this kind of propaganda as people are starting to throw off the shackles of political correctness. Why else do you have corporations like Facebook, etc. saying they need to censor news by calling it fake? Couldn't make it up. The alt media on the internet is winning so it needs to be censored...

BarkingCat's picture

Yep. She is a leftist. 

Pretty much a socialist. 

Jultorsk's picture

True, but so is EU necessarily a socialist construction. So the French choose between nationalist socialism and globalist socialism.

Yog Soggoth's picture

It's like I tell the kids nowadays, even if you don't work, you still have to bathe everyday. Cut the food stamps and that stuff ends real quick. Hunger is a great motivator.

land_of_the_few's picture

You probably think Jeff Bridges is related to Bridger in the Italian job, right? This is humour, c'mon now, lighten up. Bridge (EN) = Pont (FR).

jefferson32's picture

Dupont in France is like Smith in the US/UK. Dozens of pages of them in every phonebook.

Golden Showers's picture

Marcon underestimates his rivals. Calling politicians who do not back him "morally weak" obviously does not include being a spineless yes man to the Rothchits.

Sure, France has chosen to remain morally weak when it comes to the EU and imigration. Hopefully France will renew it's revolutionary spirit and tell Marcon to go fuck his mother.

michael1994's picture

She is just another Trump, but that's exactly why she'll win. Unless Le Pen kicks out the bankers, Jews and traitors at the root of this muslim problem then the French people are just chasing ghosts. 

Laddie's picture

Absolutely correct.
Her lover is a Jew

No wonder she threw her father under the bus.

CharlesBronson's picture

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French Bloke's picture

The interim successor to Marine Le Pen at the helm of France’s far-right National Front party reportedly claimed in 2000 that the poison used by Nazis to kill Jews in the Holocaust could not have been applied in reality.

So here, again, the clue is in the word "reportedly". No evidence then? I just love MSM trolls

And his replacement is a man who was the victim of an unfounded allegation in some book. He neither denied or admitted it. Again, more smoke and mirrors from an MSM troll. So transparent. And anyway, I thought these MSM types loved gays, so what's their problem....? Homophobic liberals - whatever next?

Killdo's picture

Like Hitlery - he is obviously a good psychopath - imediately shifting and projecting blame on others. 

He is a spineless, imoral ass-licker - and he tries to project that on Marine . 

They probably have a team of manipulative psychologists at Davos - to advise them on how to trick sheeple into submission by fake BS, fear-mongering, projecting blame and other dirty tricks psychopaths use

land_of_the_few's picture

Gee, don't give him ideas. Doing his elderly drama teacher and marrying her was bad enough.

sheikurbootie's picture

Obama already gave the kiss of death to Macron. 



Smedley&#039;s Butler's picture

Any ZHer's from France or spend an extended amount of time in France?

I am curious what the name Rothschild means in the country. Do they have issue with the family/businesses, or is it a symbol of French culture? Do they think it is all conspiracy? Have the Rothschild done philanthropic work that carries weight over the conspiracies?

I also wonder the same about Israel.

veritas semper vinces's picture

David de Rothschild faces accusations of fraud and is sued in court for this

Beans's picture

Jews, on the whole, are widely detested throughout France. They are hated by the left-wing liberal types and the "right-wing" nationalist types alike. The leaders of all the gropus which together comprises these two sets may show sympathy and solidarity with them in public but on the streets their supporters openly insult, assault, spit at and more, any obviously Jewish looking people.

To get an idea of just how much the French hate them google the 'quenelle' for starters.

Here is The Saker's take on it as well:


French Bloke's picture

The French certainly don't like bankers. Napolean was attacked by Britain for taking the banks down. Rothschild is a name most French associate with banking, so I think this could backfire quite nicely on Macron. We'll know in just over one weeks time.

Ref the Jews in France, if someone is tight with their money, it is common for them to referred to as a Jew.... Says it all really. I remember when I was a kid in the UK and the same was said then... But I hope they don't take it personally. Scots and Yorkshiremen also have a reputation for being tight  ;?)

French Bloke's picture

If you want to know how infuential the Jews are in France, they have the equivalent of AIPAC which is CRIF. They are even more politcally infuential in France than AIPAC in the US. Maybe it's no coincidence the last 2 Presidents were siad to be Jews (come on, Hollande couldn't look more Jewish), but religious denomination is not allowed to be made public in France (I wonder why). Website here:


Top right of the page has a "Make a Donation" tab. Surprising..?

So which candidate do you think CRIF support?

Beans's picture

Macron obviously and openly but they do seem to have 'control' over Le Pen as well in any case.

CharlesBronson's picture

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Mazzy's picture

What's up with the zerohedge scripting error?  I had it solved on my old machine.

nmewn's picture

The ZH algos have a virus...lol.

just the tip's picture

The ZH algos are a virus...lol.


nmewn's picture

lmao!...point taken.

So anywooo, this is the stuff cracking me up this morning. The 2017 Fyre Festival in the Bahamas went about as well as I expected...

"Alyssa Saran traveled to the festival from Vancouver with her husband and paid $3,000 for a VIP experience. She said she was disappointed by how poorly the festival was run, and she shared photos of the festival grounds. which appear to be still under construction."

A minor detail when rapper Ja Rule is putting on an event...just suck it up buttercup!

"Saran and her husband spent the night at an organizer's home, but not everyone was so lucky.(Edit:lol...equaliteee!) "I have two friends at the grounds right now. They are trying to make the most of it but had to find towels and linens to sleep on," she said. Saran received an email about getting a refund and is contacting an attorney. Still, she said she thinks about what could have been." Again, your first clue to your "experience" should have been Ja Rule.



And this, closer to home...

(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) — A prominent Florida eye doctor has been convicted on all counts in his Medicare fraud trial, raising the possibility he could be pressured to testify in the bribery trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.

Jurors announced their verdict Friday for Dr. Salomon Melgen. He effectively faces a life sentence if no deal is struck. Menendez denies any wrongdoing.

Prosecutors contended that the 62-year-old Melgen stole up to $105 million from the federal insurance program between 2008 and 2013, by giving patients treatments and tests that couldn't help them.

Melgen's attorneys argued that any billing issues were simply mistakes.

Melgen and Menendez face a joint trial in the fall in New Jersey on charges the doctor bribed the senator to get help on a variety of issues.






Obviously the Russians setup Melgen & Senator Menedez so the dimz & Schumer would be down one moar Senator ;-)

anheromachine's picture

yeah, this script error is bullshit. annoying if nothing else.

chunga's picture

I think it stems from firefox. As soon as I switched to the Brave browser it stopped.

Time to log off this spamhole.

DingleBarryObummer's picture

What is La Pen's stance on Syria and Assad?  Is she another "assad has to go" type asshat?

The central planners's picture

She openly supports the no intervention in Syria.

Beans's picture

Hang on, I could be wrong but didn't DT support that during his presidential campaign too?

Gravatomic's picture

That bottom line isn't going to change no matter who is in 'charge' of any western nation. Europe's next 100 years of energy supply are in flux and the west wants to wrest it away from Iran and Russia. They just fiddle the tactics and propaganda but they still want to split it up.

Beans's picture

On that note, watching that total arsehole Boris Johnson (the mini-me Trump lookalike) whine away about how 'Assad needs to go right now because he's been a very naughty boy' is positively nauseating to say the least.

land_of_the_few's picture

Boris must go. He gasses his own duvet.

Aristofani's picture

Just like killary lost, because  a lot of normally Democrat voters did not vote. The same kind of thing could play out in France as this reasonable analysis shows.


Greenspazm's picture

So how come Hitlery won the popular vote by 2.1% but lost the EC vote by 14%, whereas Carter beat Ford by the same 2.1% margin in the popular vote in 1976 and won the EC vote comfortably? (Addendum: I don't give 2 shits who won or lost) 

Farqued Up's picture

I still respect the French because of Lafayette in our quest for independence long ago. Yeah, I understand there wasn't any altruism in the motivation, but still. The only other thing I like is the wine menu, and honorable mention must go to their sauces, without those their ballyhooed food would be inedible slop. It could become excellent if they would fry more in peanut oil.

veritas semper vinces's picture

I respect them bc they triggered the US default in 1970 and they got out of NATO. They also had an independent CB til 1973 when the banker president Giscard D'estaing issued the law that destroyed the French financial system.

France is run by CRIF(=AIPAC) and EU(does not matter what the president wants).The have to exit EU(which is a SEE EYE AYY creation)

iamerican4's picture

EU is Hitler's backers and heirs of Rome's "Black Aristocracy" (now called Bilderberg). The "rat lines" ran through the Vatican's basement. See Penny Lernoux

In America, through their "Knights of Malta" the same Vatican-running faction created the Roman Catholic CIA.

For staffing the Anti-Christ's American Fifth Column's "set piece," papal "knight" Donovan only recruited at Roman Catholic colleges and universities. 

Yog Soggoth's picture

The best french cooks are the cajuns, they are also the smartest because they left that craphole a long time ago for the warm end of the Mississipi.

restelle's picture

Le Penis.  No way, not this dude again.

Greenspazm's picture

This election will be rigged just like all the others. Who counts the votes?

Herodotus's picture

They will be beaten by the Germans again.