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I see LePen is off meeting with the Lebanese President today... very Presidential behaviour, meeting foreign leaders already.


Great picture. She looks every bit a world leader - and she already is. What a contrast from the cowardly little gnomes who have been mis-ruling France for such a long time.
 
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Once-outré political ideas are gripping financial markets. Take far-right leader Marine Le Pen’s promise to hold a referendum on France’s membership of the European Union and quit the euro if she wins the presidency. Memories of Britain’s vote to leave the bloc are fresh enough for spooked investors to push up French bond yields. However, Le Pen would have to find constitutional loopholes to allow such a plebiscite. That may pose an even bigger challenge than becoming the country’s next president.

One of the obstacles to Le Pen’s plan is that EU membership is enshrined in the French constitution. Holding a referendum to revise this would first require a proposal to be made by the sitting prime minister, and both the upper and lower houses of parliament to approve identical versions of the text.


Even if Le Pen defies current opinion polls and is elected president, her National Front (FN) party currently stands little chance of winning the most seats in legislative elections in June. She could, however, appoint an FN prime minister before those elections and try to force through legislation on a referendum by arguing that opponents were defying the will of the people.

Even then, the French upper house would prove a more formidable barrier. The FN has no hope of dominating the Senate, whose members have a six-year mandate and only half of whom come up for re-election at a time.

Ditching the euro might be somewhat easier as membership of the single currency is not enshrined in the constitution. At a pinch, Le Pen could hold a referendum if she had the support of a fifth of parliamentary members as well as a tenth of voters. Gathering that many electoral signatures is a high, though not insurmountable bar.

Le Pen wouldn’t be running for president if she didn’t have a taste for defying the odds. It is hardly her style to dwell on the constitutional complexities involved in delivering her promises. Besides, investors might make her task easier. If they also choose to ignore the hurdles that Le Pen might face, the resulting market ructions will play into her plans.

Le Pen’s French referendum pledge is tall order
 
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French establishment in Panic - Le Pen staff being arrested on Trumped Up Charges.

In reaction to the news, Ms Le Pen said that she formally denied any wrongdoing in a case that she said was being used to undermine her election campaign, ahead of the first round of the presidential election in April.
"There is a very big risk of the justice system being manipulated. I think that today the justice system is not doing its work with a cool head, impartiality and independently. Everything indicates so," Ms Le Pen said.


"The French can tell the difference between genuine scandals and political dirty tricks," Ms Le Pen, who has previously denied any wrongdoing in the affair, told reporters.

Le Pen's chief of staff under formal investigation
 
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French establishment in Panic - Le Pen staff being arrested on Trumped Up Charges.

In reaction to the news, Ms Le Pen said that she formally denied any wrongdoing in a case that she said was being used to undermine her election campaign, ahead of the first round of the presidential election in April.
"There is a very big risk of the justice system being manipulated. I think that today the justice system is not doing its work with a cool head, impartiality and independently. Everything indicates so," Ms Le Pen said.


"The French can tell the difference between genuine scandals and political dirty tricks," Ms Le Pen, who has previously denied any wrongdoing in the affair, told reporters.

Le Pen's chief of staff under formal investigation
Why should Le pen be any different than any of the other folks. Of course she missused funds from the EU. Just as Fillon did.
 
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