The contentious French presidential battle between globalist Emmanuel Macron and populist Marine Le Pen has just inched even closer to becoming a replay of the 2016 American general election after Macron, an ivory tower denizen who comes from an elite financial background, lashed out at Le Pen’s working-class supporters as the “true enemies” of France.
“Powerful, organized, skillful, determined,” he said: “You pass them in the streets, in the countryside or on the web, most often well hidden. As hateful as they are cowardly. You know them. The party of the agents of the disaster, the fearmongerers. The French far-right. It’s here.”
Macron made the comments during a rally in Paris attended by roughly 10,000 supporters, where the so-called centrist hoped to brand Le Pen, formerly the leader of the conservative Front National party, as the scion of the “anti-France party” because of its anti-mass migration policies and its strict approach to dealing with the threat of Islamic terror.
The former Minister of the Economy under reviled Socialist President Francois Hollande, Macron did not end his personal attack toward Le Pen voters there.
“They use anger, they propagate lies,” he continued. “For decades they have fanned hatred, fomented divisions, imposed their discourse of discrimination.”
His remarks echo those made by failed Democratic presidential challenger Hillary Clinton back in September 2016, when she sneeringly described how she places Trump supporters in a “basket of deplorables” and thinks of them as “racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic.”
Like Clinton, Macron is projected to be the clear winner going into the Saturday election but has faced a number of gaffes in the days and weeks leading up to it. During a recent visit to a factory, where Le Pen held a meet-and-greet with line workers hours prior, Macron was criticized for holding a closed-door meeting with a select group of factory leaders.