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    French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen. (File)

    Hollande Slammed Over Warning Le Pen's Potential Election Win a 'Threat'

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    National Front leader Marine Le Pen’s potential victory in the next French presidential election would be a result of a democratic process and should not be considered a menace by the country's authorities, Russian senator Alexei Pushkov said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Le Monde newspaper published an interview with French President Francois Hollande who said there is a "threat" of Le Pen winning the vote.

    "Hollande said about the ‘threat’ of Le Pen's victory in the election. Why is it a threat? Won’t her victory as a legitimate candidate be a manifestation of the will of the people?" Pushkov wrote on Twitter.

    He pointed out that liberal elites admired democracy only when it resulted in the victory of their representatives.

    "Different outcomes causes their indignation," he added.

    The first round of the French presidential election is scheduled for April 23, while the run-off is slated for May 7. Le Pen and independent candidate Emmanuel Macron are favorites of the first round, according to various polls.


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      My sentiments entirely I was appalled when I read Hollande's statement it belies his fascist underbelly and his fantasy's as a dictator more powerful than Napoleon.
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      He pointed out that liberal elites admired democracy only when it resulted in the victory of their representatives.
      Yes. The same in the US. In the mind of the "progressives," an election is only legitimate if they win it. Sick people and a sick philosophy.
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      Thank-you Russia for pointing out that the Western democracy is only an illusion
    • landauroj
      Hollande is another Tony Blair full of fake socialistic stuff that they not reach to understand. Fake left wing crap. The sooner Hollande disappear from the political scene the best for the world. He is a shameful figure and a servant of the USA. See cancel the ship contract with the Russian was the top of the stupidity of this man.
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      Another comment in that same interview was "“My ultimate duty is to make sure that France is not won over by such a program, and that France does not bear such a heavy responsibility,”

      Spoken like the true worthless globalist puppet that he is.
    • Sam Handwich
      After seeing those 4 different polls I am convinced that polls are good for nothing.
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