French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Wednesday said Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election was “good news” for France.
“I dare to repeat that the election of Donald Trump is good news for our country,” said Le Pen, who will be the anti-immigration National Front’s candidate in France’s 2017 presidential election.
Le Pen, 48, was one of the first French politicians to react to Trump’s stunning victory, tweeting her congratulations to the Republican president-elect “and to the free American people”.
In her brief remarks later, she said a Trump White House would assure that the sweeping Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and EU would be rejected.
“More generally, wild globalisation” would be tamed, and she predicted that international relations would improve, “notably with Russia”.
Le Pen said Trump would rein in “the warlike interventions that are the source of the huge migratory waves that we are suffering”.
If Trump keeps to his pledges, they will be “beneficial for France,” she said.
Le Pen is widely tipped to reach the second round of the French presidential election on May 7 next year.
France’s far-right chief Marine Le Pen congratulates Trump on victory
“Congratulations to the new president of the United States Donald Trump and to the free American people!” she said on Twitter.
Her father, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen who reached the second round of French presidential elections in 2002, added his voice.
“Today the United States, tomorrow France,” he tweeted, while National Front deputy leader Florian Philippot followed up with a tweet saying “their world is crumbling. Ours is building.”
France’s National Front has been building support for its anti-immigration, anti-European Union stance in recent years.
U.S. Republican nominee Trump was on Wednesday edging closer to winning the White House with a series of shock wins in key states such as Florida and Ohio, rattling world markets that had expected Democrat Hillary Clinton to defeat the political outsider.