“French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen promised to “Make France great again” and help France “to remain France” despite the steady advance of globalization during an interview that aired Sunday on CBS News’ “60 Minutes.”
Le Pen, the populist leader of the right-wing Front National, spoke of cracking down on illegal immigration, securing the country’s borders, renegotiating France’s membership in the European Union, protecting French workers, and preserving the values and culture that make France special. As she spoke with Anderson Cooper, Le Pen cited the 2016 success of President Donald Trump and the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union as evidence she could emerge victorious in the April 2017 French presidential election.
Cooper pointed out that “the polls say you can’t win,” to which Le Pen replied with a laugh before admitting, “Yes.”
“[The polls] also said that Brexit wasn’t going to happen, that Donald Trump wasn’t going to be elected — wasn’t even going to be his party’s nominee,” Le Pen responded. “Well, they’re saying that less and less now. They are much more cautious — much more cautious.””