French right hopes to ride The Donald’s coattails

Europe’s right-wing populists have been surging ever since the start of the Great Recession, and now their leaders are hoping to ride Donald Trump’s coattails into office in France.

From the Associated Press:

Donald Trump’s election in the U.S. has given a new boost to conservative leaders in what may be the next major populist battleground, France, where far-right leader Marine Le Pen is convinced that her anti-immigration, anti-Islam views can lead her to the presidency in five months.

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy, running to get his job back, says that Trump’s election shows that politicians must listen to “the wrath of the people.”

“Mr. Trump wants to defend American interests? Fine, I want to defend French interests and those of Europe. What Americans allow themselves, why should we refuse that for France?” Sarkozy said in a rally in the southern city of Nice on Tuesday night.

 Sarkozy is facing tough competition in his party’s two-round primary that starts Sunday. Polls have repeatedly placed him behind ex-Prime Minister Alain Juppe.

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