Presidential election: French PM Manuel Valls says far-right leader Marine Le Pen could win in 2017

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Thursday that far-right leader Marine Le Pen had a chance of winning next year`s presidential election, boosted by the momentum of Donald Trump`s shock win in the United States.

AFP| Updated: Nov 17, 2016, 17:34 PM IST
Presidential election: French PM Manuel Valls says far-right leader Marine Le Pen could win in 2017
Marine Le Pen

Berlin: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Thursday that far-right leader Marine Le Pen had a chance of winning next year`s presidential election, boosted by the momentum of Donald Trump`s shock win in the United States.

"It`s possible," Valls said in response to a question at an economic conference in Berlin on whether the candidate of France`s anti-immigration National Front could win in light of the US upset.

Le Pen is widely tipped to reach the second round of the election on May 7, where she would face either a candidate of the mainstream right or the left.
"This means that the balance of politics will change completely," Valls said, warning of "the danger presented by the extreme right".

There is growing concern in France that the same wave of populist, anti-globalisation anger that carried Trump to the White House could hand Le Pen the keys to the Elysee Palace.

"Of course there are risks in France, I am struck by the tone of the public debate," Valls said.