Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Rally Party, has dramatically upped the stakes in her hard-fought battle with President Emmanuel Macron.
She said that the upcoming elections the European Parliament constitute a “vote of confidence” in Mr Macron and his ailing administration. She told French TV Channel LCI:
“We need to be consistent. Macron is a party leader. He puts all his weight in the balance. These European elections therefore become a referendum against Macron. In these circumstances, he must do as General de Gaulle: if he loses, then he will have to leave.”
De Gaulle led the French Resistance against Nazi occupation and dominated French post-war politics until 1965, founding the Fifth Republic in his time and overseeing the reintroduction of democracy in France. However, he resigned in 1969 after his proposals to reform local government and the Senate failed to win popular support in a nationwide referendum.
National Rally are currently just in-front in the polls however, the race is tight with just a couple of points seperating Le Pen’s Party and Macron’s En Marche.