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April 22, 2021

Sarkozy flirts with National Front, Hollande appeals to Le Pen voters

Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday renewed his bid to convince National Front voters to back him in the second-round of the French presidential election, euronews.com informs. The incumbent head of state told French television that he would legal immigration by half, but he did not say how or by when. “The word border is not a swear-word. It’s a mistake to take them down when Europe does defend its own borders,” Sarkozy said.“And we cannot go on taking in as many foreigners when our immigration system is deadlocked because we receive too many people.”National Front leader Marine Le Pen surprised political commentators by posting the party’s best-ever result in a presidential election with some 18 percent of ballots cast.She has so far refused to back Sarkozy or his Socialist rival Hollande, telling France 2 on Monday that both the left and right had been responsible for more immigration and higher taxes over the past 5 years.Meanwhile, Francois Hollande told the Liberation newspaper on Tuesday that his party also needs to seek support from National Front voters.The winner of the first-round said many of them were former Socialists who should find themselves again on the side of “progress, equality, change.”He added that his campaign would fight “against privileges, against financial globalisation, and against Europe going bankrupt.”Hollande described the vote for the National Front as a vote of “social anger” against immigration, but argued that he is the man to address the concerns of all French people.

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