Michel Barnier skewers Macron as he issues dire electoral warning 'Playing with ...

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Michel Barnier hit out at the politics of Emmanuel Macron as he suggested the French President is "playing with fire" with his current policies. President Macron is expected to face off National Front leader Marine Le Pen in next year's election as the right-wing politician closed the poll gap in recent weeks. Speaking to France Inter on Monday, Mr Barnier said: "I am simply saying, conscientiously and seriously, that we must not play with fire.

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"This country, I feel it, I listen to it among the voters, needs clarity and needs a Republican right."

Asked whether he was warning Mr Macron he was playing with fire, the former EU Brexit negotiator said: "I say that what he is trying, to dynamite or erase everything that exists between the current executive and the National Front, is running the risk of opening the way to something improbable and that I do not want to happen in my country.

"By wanting to erase everything that exists between the current executive and the RN, we are paving the way for something improbable, which is the election of Madame Le Pen, so we have to be careful."

Mr Barnier said he will be taking on an active role in the run-up to the election in a bid to boost his party's chances at victory.

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Michel barnier news macron warningMichel Barnier warned Macron is "playing with fire" ahead of the election (Image: TWITTET/@franceinter)

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He continued: "I will be an actor in this presidential debate.

"I think, at the moment, in my political family, The Republicans, there is a need to work together, to listen to each other, to respect each other.

"I want to

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