PARIS (AP) — French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen cheered Ford Motor Co.’s decision to shift investment from Mexico to the U.S., saying on Wednesday that it is victory for the protectionist policies she champions.
In a New Year’s address to journalists, Le Pen said Ford’s decision is proof that “protectionism works, when it is led by determination, and when a country can exercise its economic independence.”
The National Front party leader, a top candidate in France’s presidential election next spring, has already suggested that President-elect Donald Trump’s victory could have a favorable impact on her own campaign, along with Britain’s Brexit vote to leave the European Union.
Le Pen dubs herself a “patriot” and campaigns against immigration, the EU and a system of politicians, banks and other deciders she claims is bringing France down — and which she vows to break.
“Political will pays,” she said. “The proof is what Donald Trump obtained.”