Far-right victory in France’s EU elections would ‘SERIOUSLY’ HURT euro, claims minister

Bruno Le Maire, France’s economy minister, said if Rassemblement National wins, the effects would be felt both at home and across the bloc.His comments come as Ms Le Pen’s party, formerly known as the National Front, is tied with President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist Republic On the Move in opinion polls. Mr Le Maire told a Sunday talkshow on the BFM television: “If the nationalists, through Marine Le Pen, win on May 26, it would be serious for our finances, it would be serious for the stability of the euro.

“It will be serious for all economic and industrial policies that we have launched.”

He said member states in a “fragile” euro zone needed to support measures aimed at supporting the single currency.

He added: “These decisions are hard to make. If we do not take them, it is the euro that risks being threatened.” 

Ms Le Pen has teamed up with Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini to appeal to European nationalists.

The pair are seeking to help set up a Eurosceptic bloc of MEPs in the European Parliament.  

Ms Le Pen joined Mr Salvini for a rally in Milan on Saturday promising to change the face of the continent through the elections.

The two are fighting to make their group Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) the third biggest party in Brussels.

Thousands of supporters gathered in a central Milan square to see far-right and anti-immigrant leaders from 11 EU nations stand united.

Mr Salvini told the crowds: “There are no extremists, racists or fascists in this square.

“Here you won’t find the far-right, but the politics of good sense.

“The extremists are those who have governed Europe for the past 20 years.”

Ms Le Pen said the people of Europe had arrived at a “historic moment” which they had an opportunity to “say no to this immigration which has submerged our nations, putting our people at risk”.

Hundreds of opponents stood on the sidelines during the event and chants of “Fascists leave Milan” could be heard.

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