Rabat - Jean Marie Le Pen, the co-founder of France’s far-right party National Front (FN), has described President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Morocco as more "reasonable" than visiting Algeria and holding anti-French colonization statements there.
Rabat – Jean Marie Le Pen, the co-founder of France’s far-right party National Front (FN), has described President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Morocco as more “reasonable” than visiting Algeria and holding anti-French colonization statements there.
In his “Journal de bord” video series weekly published on social media, Le Pen said that Macron “has played his card in a very efficient manner.”
“Visiting Morocco is much more reasonable than what he said [during his visit] in Algiers that France committed crimes against humanity” during the occupation of Algeria.
As for Morocco, the veteran far-right politician said it is the closest Muslim country to France, “geographically, historically and culturally.”Le Pen said that maintaining good relations with Morocco,which he named as one of the primary sources of immigration to France, are important.
“Good relations with the Moroccan state might help make immigration well calculated for the benefit of our two countries.”
On June 14, Macron paid a two-day visit to Morocco where he met King Mohammed VI. The visit was seen as an indication that the new French president is seeking to preserve strong relations with Morocco like his predecessors in office.
Macron made history as an outsider when he was elected president in May without being a candidate of the two then-major parties, the right-wing Les Républicains and the left-wing Socialist Party (PS).
Le Pen, another outsider, previously campaigned for president on several occasion without achieving his goal. In 2002 he managed to get to the second round of elections but was defeated by the then-incumbent president Jacques Chirac.
In May his daughter and current FN leader Marine Le Pen sought to achieve what her father failed to do when she faced Macron in the second round of elections, but she ultimately lost to the centrist candidate.
Le Pen has been the leader of FN for four decades until 2011 when his daughter took over. He was then appointed as honorary president of the party, before being expelled by Marine Le Pen in 2015 for comments judged anti-Semitic.