Thierry Dana has slammed the polices of the Front National led by Marine Le Pen
Thierry Dana, the French ambassador to Japan said if Marine Le Pen's party wins the presidential race he would rather step down and would not participate in spreading its message of hate worldwide.
He told Le Monde: "If the elements of the French tragedy which were set in motion were to lead to its election, I should place myself in reserve of any diplomatic function.
"Currently an ambassador in one of the best positions in our network, I have to take up a new assignment in the summer but I would prefer to give up my duties rather than serve the Front National diplomacy."
Thierry Dana, the French ambassador to Japan said that he will quit if Front National wins
He warned Mrs Le Pen's brand of politics were bad for France's image abroad.
It will be hard to defend her policies to an international audience and he'd rather not try, he said.
His comments comes as Front National continues to make gains in the presidential race.
Mrs Le Pen, 48, is calling for the French to unite behind her to make her the first female "head of state” in the Republic of France.
Mrs Le Pen, 48, is calling for the French to unite behind her and elect her
And the former immigration lawyer is said to be winning voters every day thanks to her enthusiastic followers who are determined to shake up the establishment.
It's led the leader of France’s right wing party to become the shock front-runner in the pre-election polls.
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All voting intention polls so far predict that the far-right chief will win the first round of voting in April with more than 25 per cent of the vote.
However under France’s complex voting system she is expected to lose to a less ‘radical’ candidate – either centrist Emmanuel Macron or conservative right-winger François Fillon – in the final round run-off, which is to be held on May 7.
But she is pushing ahead.
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The blonde firebrand right wing leader said that France's national identity is under threat and that she has a "duty to preserve it”.
She said: "I am struck by the enthusiasm and hope of the militants I meet.
"I thank you: each meeting is an additional motivation to move forward and continue to convince the French.
"I wanted to highlight the seriousness of the stakes that are those of the presidential election facing the challenges of the world that comes.
"We must do everything possible to preserve our national identity, our way of life and our heritage.
However, Mr Dana said that while he was extremely patriotic towards France, he could not defend Mrs Le Pen's positions.
"Every day, foreign personalities interrogate me, incredulous, about the possibilities of your victory.
"Some have known France's [great leaders] of General de Gaulle, Pompidou, Giscard, Mitterand Chriac and Francois Hollande.
He added: "I would choose to abandon [my job] if it were to represent you or defend your positions. Of course, an ambassador serves the state and represents France.
"Both of them surpass you. But it is also up to him to defend the positions of his government loyally. I can not defend your positions which are contrary to all the principles of France when it is great in the world.
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