Marine Le Pen selects Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as potential prime minister

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said she would name first round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan prime minister if elected.

Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen addresses supporters at her party headquarters in Henin Beaumont,on 23 April, 2017. Le Pen said she would name defeated first round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her prime minister if she is elected president.Photo by Maya Vidon-White/UPI | License Photo
Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen addresses supporters at her party headquarters in Henin Beaumont,on 23 April, 2017. Le Pen said she would name defeated first round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her prime minister if she is elected president.Photo by Maya Vidon-White/UPI | License Photo

The far-right National Front candidate Le Pen aligned Dupont-Aignan, the 56-year-old Stand Up France party candidate who recieved 4.7 percent of the vote in the first round of the election, in an apparent bid to win over his voters in hopes of beating favorite Emmanuel Macron.

Dupont-Aignan, a conservative who considers himself a “Gaullist” after French Gen. Charles de Gaulle, placed sixth out of 11 candidates in the first round of the election on a platform centered around leaving the European Union and the Eurozone.
He had already expressed support for Le Pen in the second round before she selected him as her potential prime minister, saying it was time to stop treating her as untouchable.

Polls show Macron, of the centrist “En Marche!” party, is favored to win the May 5 election with about 60 percent of the vote.

During a campaign trip in France, Macron said the alliance between Le Pen and Dupont-Aignan clarified the choice between the two candidates offered to French voters.

By Daniel Uria