Le Pen Says to Appoint Right-Wing Dupont-Aignan French Prime Minister if Elected

© AP Photo / Thomas Samson, PoolGaullist candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan takes part in the TV broadcast show "Des paroles et des actes" on a French TV channel. (File)
Gaullist candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan takes part in the TV broadcast show Des paroles et des actes on a French TV channel. (File) - Sputnik International
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French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen announced Saturday that she would appoint Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, the head of the right-wing Debout la France (France Arise) party as the country's prime minister if she won the election.

PARIS (Sputnik) — On April 23, Le Pen and French independent candidate Emmanuel Macron emerged as the two front-runners in the first round of the election, and are set to face each other in the run-off on May 7. According to the French Interior Ministry, Macron won the first round with 24.01 percent of the votes, while Le Pen got 21.30 percent.

People walk past campaign posters of Marine Le Pen (L), French National Front (FN) political party leader, and Emmanuel Macron (R), head of the political movement En Marche! (Onwards!), two of the eleven candidates who run in the 2017 French presidential election in Paris, France, April 10, 2017 - Sputnik International
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"I will appoint Nicolas Dupont-Aignan French prime minister," Le Pen said at a joint press conference with Dupont-Aignan.

On Monday, right-wing presidential candidate Marine Le Pen temporarily stepped down as a chairwoman of the National Front in order to focus her efforts on winning the second round of the elections.

Earlier in the day, Le Pen called on Melenchon's supporters not to vote for independent candidate Emmanuel Macron.

On April 23, Macron and Le Pen emerged as the two top contenders in the first round of the election, and are set to face each other in the run-off on May 7. According to the French Interior Ministry, Macron won the first round with 24.01 percent of the votes, while Le Pen got 21.30 percent. The Republicans' nominee Francois Fillon finished third with 20.01 percent, while Melenchon came in third with 19.58 percent of the vote.

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