Marion Maréchal-Le Pen will get no favours if her aunt wins France’s top job
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen will get no favours if her aunt wins France’s top job, despite being one of only two Front National (FN) MPs, it would appear.
Dubbed a rising star and hotly tipped to lead the right-wing party in the future, the 27-year-old has been ruled out of any ministerial post if Marine Le Pen trumps in April.
Speaking to French magazine Femme Actuelle, Ms Le Pen said: “She is young, and she is quite inflexible, it’s true, a little like the French youth.
“French youth is quite uncompromising, it is getting more so.
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Marine Le Pen is a French politician who is the president of the National Front, a national-conservative political party in France and one of its main political forces.
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Described as more democratic and republican than her nationalist father, she has led a movement of "de-demonization of the Front National" to detoxify it and soften its image
"As for my niece’s place, she’s an MP and I don’t owe her anything.
“I don’t have to send the ladder down for anyone.
“I will determine according to the interests of the people.”
She added her niece “probably” lacked experience for the cabinet
The presidential candidate spoke candidly about her relative, whom she has a frosty relationship with following personal and family issues.
The 48-year-old is no longer on speaking terms with her father and former party leader, 88-year-old Jean-Marie, but he is close to his granddaughter, Ms Maréchal-Le Pen.
I don’t owe her anything
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And while the elder is credited with making the party appealing to mainstream voters and moving away from its radical stance on issues such as Islam and immigration, the younger Le Pen continues to take a hard-line on such issues.
She added her niece “probably” lacked experience for the cabinet.
The 27-year-old has been ruled out of any ministerial post if Ms Le Pen wins
But Ms Le Pen did not criticise President Hollande for awarding his partner, Ségolène Royal, with the environment portfolio.
And in a veiled dig, Ms Le Pen said Ms Royal has earned her appointment from “her own political career”.
Voters goes to the polls on April 23
Marine Le Pen is consistently topping opinion polls, with predictions she will win the first round of voting, but losing out to Emmanuel Macron in the second round of voting.
Voters goes to the polls on April 23.