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Hardline former French MP Marion Marechal-Le Pen told American conservatives Thursday that her nation’s far-right movement was “standing side by side” with the supporters and nationalist policies of President Donald Trump.

“Just like you, we want our country back,” the telegenic 28-year-old niece of failed presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said from the main stage of the Conservative Political Action Conference, held each year just outside Washington.

Marechal-Le Pen is believed to be the first member of France’s far-right National Front (FN) to address CPAC, a controversial move for a conference where US Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the crowd just minutes earlier, and where Trump himself is Friday’s headliner.

Marechal-Le Pen, who decided not to run in last May’s French election, urged the crowd not to see her as the “terrifying” figure she said the American press makes her out to be, but as an ideological partner.

“Here at CPAC, we are once again standing side by side in another battle for freedom,” she said, speaking mainly in English.

“I am not offended when I hear President Donald Trump say ‘America first,'” she said to a loud cheer.

“In fact, I want America first for the American people, I want Britain first for the British people, and I want France first for the French people!” Read More … 

 

 

Marechal-Le Pen, who decided not to run in last May’s French election, urged the crowd not to see her as the “terrifying” figure she said the American press makes her out to be, but as an ideological partner. “Here at CPAC, we are once again standing side by side in another battle for freedom,” she said, speaking mainly in English. “I am not offended when I hear President Donald Trump say ‘America first,'” she said to a loud cheer. “In fact, I want America first for the American people, I want Britain first for the British people, and I want France first for the French people!”