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Le Pen blasts globalisation and Islamic fundamentalism

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has blasted globalisation and Islamic fundamentalism - calling them "two totalitarianisms" threatening France.

In her closing speech at the National Front party convention on Sunday, Le Pen unveiled her 144 "commitments" if elected - which includes France leaving the European Union and NATO, reducing immigration and ensuring work, health care and other services are prioritised for French citizens.

Le Pen has been leading early polls - which place her at the top of the April 23 first-round vote - but is predicted to fall short of winning the overall election on May 7.


Marine Le Pen: 'Trump election part of new world order'

Marine Le Pen is happy about Donald Trump's election Credit: Andrew Marr Show/BBC

Far right French leader Marine Le Pen has described Donald Trump's election as part of a new world order.

The National Front chief said she hoped the Republican's ascendancy to the White House would help propel her own party to victory in the French elections next spring.

Le Pen told the Andrew Marr show Trump's win last week was an "additional stone in the building of a new world destined to replace the old one". She added that the result, coupled with Britain's decision to leave the EU, were "essentially referendums against the unfettered globalisation" in Europe.

Le Pen said she hoped France would "upend the table" in the spring and follow suit.

Le Pen: Radical Islam behind Charlie Hebdo attack

Marine Le Pen. Credit: Reuters

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen says radical Islam is behind the shootings in Paris where gunmen killed 12 people.

The objective of these barbaric acts is to terrorise, to paralyse through fear, to subjugate or to censor. Undisputedly after this after this act that traumatised the whole nation, fear is there.

It is my responsibility to say that this fear must be overcome. And to say that this attack must free speech in the face of Islamic fundamentalism. We must not stay silent. And we must say what happened.

We must not be scared of words: this is a terrorist act committed in the name of radical Islamism. Denial and hypocrisy are no longer an option.

The absolute refusal of Islamic fundamentalism must be proclaimed high and loud by whomever. Life and liberty are among the most precious values.

– Marine Le Pen

Le Pen refuses to endorse presidential candidate

National Front leader Marine Le Pen Credit: ITV News

The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has addressed a rally in Paris. She told her voters to make their own choice in the May 6th presidential election runoff. The two leading candidates - Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande - have been competing for the votes of her supporters.

Marine Le Pen addressing crowds in Paris Credit: ITV News


Cameron: No more business as usual in Brussels

David Cameron has told other EU leaders that it "cannot be business as usual" in Brussels following the success of eurosceptic parties in the European elections.

The Prime Minister's spokesman said Mr Cameron had spoken to leaders including Germany's Angela Merkel and the Irish Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

He will also hold talks tomorrow at a dinner in Brussels tomorrow evening.

"The PM has been making the point in these conversations that leaders should seize the opportunity of tomorrow's dinner to heed the views expressed at the ballot box that the EU needs to change and to show it cannot be business as usual," the spokesman added.

A huge vote of no-confidence in business as usual

Voters across Europe have delivered a huge vote of no-confidence in the European Union by casting their ballots for eurosceptic, anti-immigration parties.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports from Paris, where the Front National have been celebrating after coming top in France's vote.

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