Monday 11 December 2017

Marine Le Pen backs French produce at Paris market

Ms Le Pen was criticised by her father over her presidential campaign so far (AP)
Ms Le Pen was criticised by her father over her presidential campaign so far (AP)

French far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen has called for more food to be produced and consumed in the country known as the gastronomic centre of the western world.

Ms Le Pen, visiting the Rungis wholesale market outside Paris, said the French government must promote meat from France.

She said: "Let's promote the 'eating French', especially in (school) canteens where our children must take advantage of healthy, quality products."

Ms Le Pen was booed by some workers in the fruit and vegetable section.

The National Front leader is facing pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron in France's May 7 presidential run-off.

But even presidential candidates sometimes have to face criticism from the family.

Ms Le Pen's father, Jean-Marie, told France Inter radio that he thinks his daughter has been "too laid-back" in her campaign.

He said that, in her position, he would have launched a "Trump-style" campaign that would have been "very aggressive against those who are responsible for the country's decadency".

He still supports her candidacy in the presidential run-off.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, who repeatedly has been convicted of crimes based on anti-Semitism and racism, founded the National Front party that his daughter now leads, but the two have had strong political disagreements at times.

In 2015, his daughter pushed him out of the party because he had refused to desist from anti-Semitic provocations that were undermining both her bid to become French president and her attempt to make the National Front an acceptable political alternative.

Press Association

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