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'Clinton is war': Le Pen sticks her nose into US election
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'Clinton is war': Le Pen sticks her nose into US election

AFP/The Local · 1 Sep 2016, 12:47

Published: 01 Sep 2016 12:47 GMT+02:00

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US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton would "destabilise the world" if she wins the White House, French
far-right leader Martine Le Pen has told CNN.

"Hillary Clinton is war. Hillary Clinton is devastation," Le Pen told CNN late Wednesday.

Clinton's election in November would mean "geostrategic choices that will lead to world conflicts that threaten to be very heavy," said Le Pen, who is herself vying for the French presidency next year.

"In the interests of France," she said, the White House should go to "anyone but Hillary Clinton".

Le Pen also said Clinton's "economic choices would be destructive to the well-being" of the French people.

Regarding Clinton's main adversary, Republican candidate Donald Trump, Le Pen said she and he were "not insiders... will not take orders from such and such a financial power or multi-national interest."

Like Hilary Clinton, Le Pen is hoping to become the first female president of her country.

The 48-year-old far-right leader is currently ahead in opinion polls but thought unlikely to win a second-round run-off in May 2017.

She said last month that she would vote for Trump if she were American.

Le Pen is not the only French politician to voice views about the US presidential election candidates.

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Last month president François Hollande took aim at Donald Trump saying the controversial candidate "makes you want to retch".

"His excesses make you want to retch, even in the United States, especially when -- as was Donald Trump's case -- he speaks ill of a soldier, of the memory of a soldier," Hollande told journalists in Paris.
The French leader was referring to a feud between Trump and the Muslim parents of a slain US soldier, which has shaken the presidential campaign just three months before the November vote.
Hollande criticised Trump's "hurtful and humiliating comments".

"Democracy is also at stake, as we see more and more people tempted by authoritarianism," Hollande said, "especially" in the US.

"Should the American people choose Trump, there will be consequences, because a US election is a global election," he added.

AFP/The Local (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

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