Marine Le Pen, leader of the French right-wing political party National Front, praised Donald Trump and said that “anything is better than Hillary Clinton.”
“Anything but Hillary Clinton,” Le Pen said in a CNN interview Wednesday. “Because I think Hillary Clinton means war. Hillary Clinton is devastation. It means world instability.”
“She would be a disaster for my people, leading us to world conflict that would lead to heavy consequences. So anything but her.”
Le Pen also compared herself to Trump, saying both have waged iconoclastic campaigns against their country’s political establishment.
“We are similar because we are not part of the establishment, we are not part of the system, and we do not depend on anybody and we don’t take orders from anyone,” she said.
Le Pen partially credited Trump’s success to America’s political class being “shaken by a desire to be free,” and when asked about Trump’s policies, she said that she believes the wall is symbolic.
“It’s an image,” she said. “What Donald Trump wants to do is control immigration. I’m not going to criticize him for that.”
Le Pen said she supported Trump for president back in July, pointing out that despite his persona, he appears to be a free man with respect to Wall Street, financial lobbies and even his own political party.
She went on to say that a “Frexit” from the EU would be a possibility, noting that the media’s efforts to manipulate the British people to remain in the EU did not work.
“The truth is the British economy is doing very well,” she said. “That the drop in the pound has had very positive consequences on Britain, and that Britain will continue to prosper.”
The National Front party, created by Marine’s father Jean-Marie Le Pen, is firmly opposed to cross-border migration across Europe and has warned against the dangers of accepting refugees from the Middle East.