Le Pen claims Macron's election pledges are 'rather disturbing'
She told the audience: "In general one does not understand anything what he says and what he wants, but when one understands what he says, it is rather disturbing."
Her putdown was met with cheers and applause by the 2,000 supporters who attended the rally, with the Front National leader vying to defeat centrist Macron in the first round of voting in the French election next month.
In general one does not understand anything what he says and what he wants, but when one understands what he says, it is rather disturbing
Marine Le Pen
Macron previously suggested their was an absence of culture in France when he claimed: "The homelands are always defended by the beggars and delivered by the rich.”
But Le Pen seized on his blunder and claimed Macron is a “candidate for whom there is no French culture”, adding: "What ignorance, what sufficiency!"
After attacking past French presidents for ignoring the interests of the French people, she told the Lille audience that she was the only true antiestablishment candidate.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with French presidential election candidate Marine Le Pen
Denouncing the financial interests of chief rivals Macron and Francois Fillon, she said: “I am a free woman who has no need to refer to anyone, who has no media or big boss to thank.”
She accused Macron of being "the principal representative of the system”, reiterating her desire for France to move away from the established system and follow the more populist, globalist sentiments of the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as US President.
Le Pen was joined by staff and supporters on stage at the Lille rally
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Le Pen said: "Around him, there is a clump of Hollande-ism and the old glories of a collapsing system, Robert Hue, Alain Madelin, Daniel Cohn-Bendit," referencing past leftwing French politicians.
"Macron is the recycling of Hollande-ism without the courage to assume the balance".
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Le Pen met with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Friday in her highest profile diplomatic visit since announcing her campaign for the French presidency.
During the meeting, she committed to working with Russia and the US President to do away with the Cold War rivalries of the past.
She said: “I don’t see any good reason to engage in a Cold War in any form.
“Russia as well as the US is a great power.
“It’s very important for France to build up balanced relations with both of these countries.