While losing the 2018 French presidential election by a large margin, Marine Le Pen has become more vocal lately as President Emmanuel Macron has seen declining approval ratings. Le Pen recently reached out in support for Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Salvini via twitter, finding herself much more in line with his policy platform. Le Pen tweeted to Salvini “An alternative to the EU exists and we are building it!”
Le Pen, like Salvini, has expressed strong criticism of EU immigration policy. While on the campaign trail, she criticized that neighborhoods throughout France are “no longer living a French life.”
The former presidential nominee is stark critic of globalism, suggesting, “Wild globalization has benefited some, but it’s been a catastrophe for most.” For Le Pen, this is particularly the case with the rapid influx of migrants from a from culture. She believes that migrants are “rejecting French values and transforming the culture.”
Le Pen and Salvini lack the political power to transform the EU today, but that does not keep the two from forward thinking when it comes to their political goals. “I will be in Rome with Matteo Salvini on Monday on the invitation of the Unione Generale del Lavoro to talk about economic growth and social prospects in a Europe of nations,” tweeted Le Pen. It is there where talks of a different vision of united Europe might take place.