Thierry Dana said the Front National leader’s core beliefs clashed with France’s values of liberty, equality and fraternity, which he referred to as the “pillars” of the French Republic.
The Japan-based official added that he “categorically refused” to represent the anti-EU party abroad.
He told Le Monde: “I would rather quit than serve under Mrs Le Pen. An ambassador’s role is to serve and represent his country. But he must also defend his country’s fundamental values.
France’s ambassador to Japan Thierry Dana said he will quit if Le Pen becomes president
“And I, for one, would not be able to defend Mrs Le Pen’s values, which are not compatible with the values of the French Republic.”
I, for one, would not be able to defend Mrs Le Pen’s values, which are not compatible with the values of the French Republic
Thierry Dana – France's ambassador to Japan
Mr Dana added that the Front National chief was trying to turn France “inward” and “stifle” its creativity.
He said: “France is combative, and yet, you (Mrs Le Pen) want to turn it into an isolated nation. France is generous, and you want it to turn inward. France is creative, and yet your vision for France is rancid.”
Mrs Le Pen is currently reigning supreme in polls, and is expected to garner more than 25 per cent of the vote in the first round of voting, which is to be held on April 23.
'I would rather quit than serve under Mrs Le Pen' says Thierry Dana Things you didn't know about Marine Le Pen Mon, February 20, 2017
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
The nationalist candidate is, however, widely expected to lose in the second round of voting, which is to be held two weeks later, on May 7.
Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, 39, an ex-banker and outgoing president François Hollande’s former protégé, is, according to voting intention polls, expected to win the presidential election with more than 60 per cent of the vote.
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