Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

France's Le Pen to run for parliament with party in disarray

France's Le Pen to run for parliament with party in disarray

Le Pen will run for a seat in a district in her northern stronghold of Henin-Beaumont, a hardscrabble former mining region where she lost a similar bid in 2012.

"I couldn't imagine not heading my troops in a battle I consider fundamental", she added.

Macron revealed his new cabinet this week, with a mix of Socialist, centrist and Republican parties.

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"We need lawmakers that are not complicit and defend the interests of the French and France".

In her first TV appearance since Mr Macron won the presidential election this month, the National Front leader said the "messed-up debate" had contributed to her defeat.

The party was due on Monday to present its list of candidates for parliamentary elections that take place in two rounds on June 11 and 18.

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Marine Le Pen's 33.9 per cent showing against Macron weakened her standing in the party, even though she racked up an historic 10.6 million votes.

Marine Le Pen on Thursday sought to play down differences within the party, but acknowledged that the question of the euro had unnerved a few in her camp.

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