Obama: Phone call with French candidate wasn't an endorsement

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 21, 2017

If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote on Sunday, there will be a run-off election between the two top vote-getters on May 7. "We saw (President Donald) Trump, we saw Brexit.so I'm mistrustful", he said.

France will initially vote on a president to replace Francois Hollande on Sunday in the first round.

The Front National leaders commitment to ending Frances membership of the borderless Schengen area, described as “effectively an worldwide passport-free zone for terrorists” by former Interpol chief Robert Noble, sets her on a collision course with the European Commission.

Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon promised that if he won France's presidency he would give asylum to Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who has taken refuge in Moscow since revealing details of secret U.S. government eavesdropping programs in 2013.

While prosecutors haven't identified the potential targets, Le Pen said on BFM television that "we are all targets". France's presidential candidates certainly think they do, and more than ever are trying to get their political message across through their wardrobes, from centrist Emmanuel Macron's regular-guy suits to far right leader Marine Le Pen's masculine dark wardrobe and hard-left Jean-Luc Melenchon's communist-inspired jackets.

"Emmanuel Macron warmly thanked Barack Obama for his friendly call", En Marche! said in its own statement, Reuters reported.

Le Pen also defended her decision to force national French news network TF1 to take down the European flag during an interview Tuesday night.

“What is at stake in this election is the continuity of France as a free nation, our existence as a people, ” she said in February 2017.

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