Sputnik has outlined the two presidential hopefuls’ views on key foreign policy issues.
Russia and the US
She believes that France should maintain equally good relations with both the US and Russia, that it has no reasons for waging a cold war with Moscow and needs closer diplomatic, trade and strategic relations with Russia, which she calls “a great country.”
Emmanuel Macron also wants to rebuild relations with Russia and engage into intense and frank dialogue, even though Paris' vision does not totally correspond with that of Moscow.
Unions and alliances
France’s possible exit from the European Union was the centerpiece of Le Pen’s agenda ahead of the first round vote in April. She has since softened her anti-EU rhetoric a bit and now says she wants to supplant the EU with a “European alliance of free and sovereign states.”
Marine Le Pen said her first order of business on setting foot in the Elysee Palace will be to propose negotiations to radically overhaul what she described as “a totalitarian union,” and announce referendums on EU membership and on withdrawing from the European Union.
Le Pen also wants to restore national borders and to pull the country out of the Schengen area and NATO military command.
Emmanuel Macron, for his part, is an ardent advocate of European integration and prioritizes protection of the EU and its citizens, especially now that Britain is on the way out.
That said, even he now believes that the EU should reform or face the prospect of seeing France moving out too.
Macron is projected to win in Sunday’s runoff vote with an IPSOS/Sopra Streia poll seeing him garnering 61.5 percent of votes compared to just 38.5 percent for Marine Le Pen.
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