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French envoy to US: Le Pen’s election would be a ‘disaster’

The election of far-right leader Marine Le Pen as president would be “total disaster,” France’s ambassador to Washington says.

“In diplomatic terms, I would say it will be a total disaster,” Gerard Araud tells The Washington Post in an interview.

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (C) reacts upon being handed a headscarf ahead of her meeting with Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, in the capital Beirut on February 21, 2017. (AFP Photo/Anwar Amro)
France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (C) reacts upon being handed a headscarf ahead of her meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, in the capital Beirut on February 21, 2017. (AFP Photo/Anwar Amro)

A potential victory by Le Pen, who has vowed to try to withdraw France from the EU if elected, “means the collapse of the EU, because the EU without France doesn’t make any sense,” he warns. “And it means the collapse of the euro and a financial crisis, which will have consequences throughout the world.”

— AFP

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