Far-Right Leader in France Prior to the Election of the Parliament, Le Pen Disputes the President’s Status as Army Leader

Far-Right Leader in France Prior to the Election of the Parliament, Le Pen Disputes the President’s Status as Army Leader

In the final three days before the historic legislative election in France, the far-right leader of the county brought up the issue of who would lead the armed forces should her party win the majority in the two-round vote.

Political scientists are attempting to decipher how President Emmanuel Macron and a prime minister who opposes the majority of his policies will share power in the event that Marine Le Pen’s National Rally wins a majority in the National Assembly, France’s lower house of parliament, as the country enters unprecedented territory with the early elections.

Le Pen has stated time and time again that, should their party win, her protégé and star member of the party, Jordan Bardella, will head the future French government. In an interview, she hinted that Bardella, 28, might also assume some decision-making authority over France’s military and defense matters. Macron’s final term as president is set to expire in three years.

Being the head of state and chief of staff “is an honorary title for the president since the prime minister actually pulls the strings,” Le Pen stated in a Thursday-published interview with the publication Le Télégramme.

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