France’s far-right National Front party leader, Marine Le Pen, has endorsed presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential contest, simultaneously making a very unsisterly swipe at Democrat Hillary Clinton. “If I were American, I would vote for anybody but Hillary Clinton,” Le Pen told French magazine Valeurs Actuelles.
“Between him and Hillary Clinton, obviously I would choose Donald Trump,” she explained, making the endorsement sound a little like a nod in favor of the lesser of two evils.
Clinton, she said, represents “everything harmful that the U.S. can export to the world,” while Trump is “a man liberated from Wall Street, from markets and from financial lobbies and even from his own party.”
His ascension in U.S. politics had been “extraterrestrial,” she added.
The controversial French party leader has been accused in the past of inciting racial hatred and making anti-refugee statements, and come under investigation for under-declaring her income. Just last week, French President Francois Hollande endorsed Hillary Clinton and warned that a Trump presidency would “complicate relations between Europe and the U.S.”
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