French presidential election: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen set for final round showdown – live
Independent Macron projected to have taken around 24% of vote with Front National leader Le Pen on roughly 22%; conservative François Fillon concedes
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While we wait for the final result it is probably worth revisiting an Associated Press interview with Donald Tump published over the weekend in which he is asked about his intervention in the French elections.
As you will see he is pressed on whether he supports Marine Le Pen. Eventually he says he does not endorse her…
AP: This morning you tweeted that after the possible terrorist attack in Paris, that it will have a big effect on the upcoming French election. What did you mean by that?
TRUMP: Well, I think it will have a big effect on who people are going to vote for in the election.
Either we continue on the path to complete deregulation, or you choose France. You now have the chance to choose real change. This is what I propose: real change. It is time to liberate the French nation from arrogant elites who want to dictate how it must behave. Because yes, I am the candidate of the people.
I want to construct a majority to govern and to transform, of new talents, in which all will have their place. I will not ask where they come from, but whether they agree with the renewal of our politics, the security of the French people, reforming society and relaunching the European project.
You are the face of this renewal. My fellow citizens, there is not more than one France. There is only one, ours, the France of patriots, in a Europe that protects and that we must reform. The task is immense, but I am ready, at your sides. Vive la République, vive la France.