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Marine Le Pen to appoint ex-rival Dupont-Aignan PM if elected French president

Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt, AFP file picture| Former French far-right presidential candidate party Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (left), with Marine Le Pen in Paris, on April 29, 2017

French far-right hopeful Marine Le Pen said Saturday she would appoint defeated first-round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her prime minister if she is elected president.

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Right-winger Dupont-Aignan, who scored just 4.7 percent in the first round on April 23, announced on Friday that he was backing Le Pen in France’s increasingly bitter presidential run-off, but argued that she is not a far-right politician.

“As president of the Republic I will name Nicolas Dupont-Aignan Prime Minister, supported by a presidential majority and united by the national interest,” Le Pen told a press conference in Paris at which the two politicians sat side-by-side.

le pen announces news at press conference


Dupont-Aignan said he had signed an agreement on a Le Pen government mandate that took into account some “modifications” to her programme. He said Le Pen would incorporate some of his policy proposals into her election platform.

"France before partisan politics"

"It's a historic day because we are putting France's interests before personal or partisan ones," he said.

Le Pen celebrated his backing as the creation of "a great patriotic and republican alliance”.

'MEANT TO HELP DUPONT-AIGNAN WITH HIS FINANCING PROBLEMS'

Polls on Friday showed centrist Emmanuel Macron winning the French presidential runoff with 59-60 percent of votes, although Le Pen has gained some ground since the start of the week.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, REUTERS)

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