France’s Macron Booed By Factory Workers Chanting ‘Marine President!’

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    France’s Macron Booed By Factory Workers Chanting ‘Marine President!’
    Breitbart ^ | 4-26-2017 | Chris Tomlinson


    Globalist French President candidate Emmanuel Macron faced animosity from workers at a Whirlpool plant facing closure during a campaign visit after anti-mass migration candidate Marine Le Pen made a surprise visit hours earlier.

    What started as a planned campaign stop to visit the union bosses of a Whirlpool plant facing closure in Amiens ended in disaster for Mr. Macron after a surprise visit from his presidential rival.

    Mr. Macron was shoved and shouted at by workers who may lose their jobs as the factory is scheduled to be relocated to Poland next June French broadcaster BFMTV reports.

    The 39-year-old Presidential hopeful was greeted with shouts of “Marine President!” and was whistled at by some of the 295 workers expected to lose their jobs.

    The reaction was in large part due to a surprise visit from the former Front National leader Marine Le Pen just hours before. Ms. Le Pen used the opportunity to talk with workers about their concerns and stressed the need to protect French jobs.
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    “In Amiens where I went to meet and support the workers at Whirlpool. With me, their factory won’t close!” Le Pen wrote on Twitter and posted pictures of herself with many of the workers. The anti-mass migration candidate was greeted with cheers and applause from the workers in the car park outside the factory.

    Ms. Le Pen released a statement on her campaign website of her proposals to save the plant saying, “after receiving 40 million euros in state aid under the CICE, the group’s managers decided to relocate this profitable plant to Poland. I will require that these amounts paid under the CICE be refunded in the event of the departure of the company.”

    “If the group persists in wanting to leave,” she added, “the state will put all its energy, under my direct supervision, to find serious industrial buyers and who are committed to preserving jobs.” Le Pen also slammed globalisation saying, “I consider that nothing is more important than the fate of the employees who could undergo a scandalous decision taken by a multinational eager for profits.”


    When Mr. Macron was finally able to address the crowd he attempted to tell them how globalisation was actually good for them.

    “The answer is not to suppress globalisation and close borders,” he told the workers.

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    France's Macron gets rough ride in Le Pen country


    Amiens (France) (AFP) - French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron vowed Wednesday not to "yield a centimetre" to Marine Le Pen after being booed and heckled with chants backing his far-right rival during a chaotic visit to an under-threat factory in the nation's rustbelt.

    "We have two projects for the country going head to head against one another," said Macron as he visited a cafe in the northern village of Bully-les-Mines.

    "So I shall not cede a centimetre of space, not a second's respite, not an ounce of energy," to Le Pen, Macron insisted.

    Earlier, Le Pen had stolen some of the pro-European candidate's thunder by visiting workers hours ahead of him at the same factory in his northern home town of Amiens.

    Macron was booed and heckled as he made a chaotic visit to the under-threat factory in the nation's depressed northern rustbelt where Le Pen topped first round voting.

    Some in the crowd shouted "President Marine!" and booed as the 39-year-old former banker arrived outside the Whirlpool appliance factory in Amiens, where Le Pen had already made an unannounced stop.

    US multinational Whirlpool runs the facility which is threatened with outsourcing to Poland.

    "Of course there is anger in this country, there is anxiety. Responsibility must be taken, that's why I'm here," pro-business former economy minister Macron told workers.

    Macron tried to counter accusations that he had made a complacent start to campaigning for the presidential runoff on May 7 after finishing ahead of Le Pen, 48, in Sunday's first round.

    While Macron had arranged to meet Whirlpool workers' union representatives without actually visiting the plant, Le Pen turned up unannounced outside the plant and posed for selfies with workers and attacked her rival.

    "Everyone knows what side Emmanuel Macron is on -- he is on the side of the corporations," Le Pen said. "I am on the workers' side, here in the car park, not in restaurants in Amiens."

    As news broke of the Le Pen visit, Macron announced he would also meet employees, telling them the only reason that the anti-EU Le Pen had come was "because I'm here".

    He also retorted on Twitter that she had spent "10 minutes with her supporters in a car park in front of the cameras" whereas he had spent "an hour and a half with union representatives and no media."

    A Wednesday poll suggested Macron will defeat Le Pen by a margin of 21 points, but as the day's events showed, the far-right candidate is a vastly more experienced political campaigner.

    And after the shocks of Britain's vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump's unlikely ascent to the White House, analysts say a late surge by Le Pen is still possible.


    Macron's visit north came as a Harris Interactive poll showed 52 percent of the French believe he botched the start of campaigning for the run-off.

    After winning Sunday's contest with 24.1 percent to Le Pen's 21.3 percent, Macron gave an exuberant victory speech followed by a high-profile celebration at a Paris restaurant, drawing criticism from some quarters.

    Socialist Party boss Jean-Christophe Cambadelis told French radio: "He was smug. He wrongly thought that it was a done deal. It's not a done deal."

    President Francois Hollande appeared on Tuesday to admonish his former economy minister for not taking the fight to Le Pen immediately after the first round.

    "I will defend the progressive camp to the end," Macron retorted.

    - 'Not a single vote' -

    Since securing her berth in the run-off, Le Pen has turbo-charged her campaign with a string of appearances and statements, leaving her opponent on the back foot.

    In contrast, her opponent convened strategy meetings about June's legislative elections that will determine the shape of a future Macron government.

    Le Pen will hold a rally in the Riviera city of Nice on Thursday, a bastion of France's right that was targeted by a jihadist-inspired truck attack that killed 86 people last July.

    Le Pen has called for France to take back control of its borders from the European Union and deport all foreigners on a terror watchlist, accusing Macron of being soft on security.


    A key factor in the race is which candidate the supporters of Communist-backed Jean-Luc Melenchon, who finished in fourth place with 19.58 percent on Sunday, will now back.


    Melenchon faced criticism after he failed to urge his backers to get behind Macron as part of the so-called "republican front", the decades-old French tactic of closing ranks to block the far-right.

    But Melenchon's spokesman Alexis Corbiere told French TV channel LCI that "for us the National Front is a danger" and urged viewers to not give "a single vote to the National Front."

    Meanwhile in Paris, thousands of French police demonstrated in the Champs Elysees, where one of their number was killed by a jihadist six days earlier, to urge both candidates to "hear their anger" over difficult working conditions.
     

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