European elections: Macron is expected to be hit by the success of Marine Le Pen's party (Image: GETTY )
The French president will press ahead with a social and economic reform agenda that spurred months of anti-government protests in France even if the far-right National Party comes out on top in European elections, his prime minister has said. Ten days from the vote in France, Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National party, which is running on a campaign to overhaul the European Union from within, is level with Macron’s En Marche in opinion polls.
But French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said: “Does the vote totally change commitments the president made during the presidential campaign, does it change the parliamentary majority’s determination, the whole logic of the government’s actions? The answer is no.”
He told Franceinfo radio: “Things are going to continue, to be stepped up for the good of the country because we have committed to do it.”
The vote for the European Parliament’s 571 seats has turned into a showdown between pro-EU and eurosceptic forces in France, where 74 seats are up for grabs.
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