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France elections: Le Pen steps aside as National Front leader
Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she is stepping aside as leader of her National Front (FN) party.
The move comes just a day after she reached the second round of the French election, where she will face centrist Emmanuel Macron.
Ms Le Pen told French TV she needed to be above partisan considerations.
Ms Le Pen said her decision had been made out of the "profound conviction" that the president must bring together all of the French people.
"So, this evening, I am no longer the president of the National Front. I am the candidate for the French presidency," she said.
The BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris says this is a symbolic act intended to show her concerns are for the country as a whole and not for her party, and that she is reaching out for the voters of candidates defeated in the first round, particularly those of the Republicans' François Fillon.
originally posted by: hounddoghowlie
maybe they can hire some russian hackers.
originally posted by: ChaoticOrder
Well I'm sorry to say but my fears were justified.
Typical no surprises there.....
I have a cousin who married a Spainish man had a son and has lived in Spain for
50 years has no intention of returning to the UK, who is constantly decrying
Brexit, Theresa May, and now Donald Trump? none of which will interfere with
her in anyway.
SO annoying ......