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'I defend the walls of our society': Le Pen launches presidential bid

Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen kicks off her French presidential campaign in Lyon, with a promise to protect voters from globalisation.

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'I defend the walls of our society': Le Pen launches presidential bid

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French presidential candidate and far-right National Front, Marine Le Pen, has kicked off her campaign in Lyon with a promise to protect voters from globalisation at a time when France is living through a period of political turmoil.

“In reality, I defend the walls of our society. But, everyone is aware that all of this is called into question today. Our leaders have opted for deregulated globalisation. They wanted it to be a success, but it turned out to be awful,” she told the several-thousand-strong crowd.

Le Pen’s efforts to frame the National Front as anti-establishment come in the wake of international political shifts such as the election of Donald Trump in the US and Brexit.

A 144-point plan she unveiled includes a referendum on pulling France from the European Union and pushing firms to hire French workers as a “national priority.”