Le Pens French ‘national pride’ will limit Channel crossings as migrants halted at border

Marine Le Pen 'will look to UK as an example' says Parry

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Former rear admiral and managing director of Merl House Consultants Dr Chris Parry spoke to Express.co.uk and forecast while National Rally leader Marine Le Pen searches for allies, the French presidential candidate may be able to prevent Channel crossings to the UK through her domestic policies. Dr Parry explained the eurosceptic leader has often looked at the UK “as an example” and will “consolidate” French national pride to her advantage, adding Ms Le Pen admires the nationalism of the UK. But the former Navy officer added Ms Le Pen’s domestic policy of shutting out refugees would have a knock-on effect on migrants crossing into the UK as fewer would be able to get to the northern beaches.

Ms Le Pen is the leader of the French National Rally party which historically has been eurosceptic, anti-immigration and has had ties to the far-right. 

However, after learning from her defeat in 2017, Ms Le Pen has sought to distance herself from the far-right elements of her party and has toned down extremist rhetoric. 

Political pundits suggest due to the looming Afghan refugee crisis which is set to grip Europe, Ms Le Pen may see a positive uptick in her support for her 2022 presidential election campaign. 

Politico suggests Emmanuel Macron and Ms Le Pen will enter the second round of voting with Mr Macron narrowly winning 55 percent to 45 percent. 

Dr Parry spoke to Express.co.uk about what would happen to the UK if Ms Le Pen won and what would that mean for the Channel migrant crossings. 

He explained: “Le Pen gets into next year, she’ll need allies and the sort of allies that she’ll look for those who are basically those countries that are fairly sceptical about the European Union.

“She’ll also be consolidating, I think, French national pride and she’ll look to Britain as an example as she’s used Britain as an example several times now about the country taking charge of its own destiny.

“She’ll want to actually exclude migrants from coming into France from what I’ve seen for her policies.

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“So they’re not coming through France, that’s going to reduce the number of people coming to the channel through France.

“So I suspect that in looking for allies and excluding people from France that will help the UK in, obviously, keeping people from crossing the Channel.”

Several high-profile attacks, including a stabbing of a police officer and the death of a priest at the hands of immigrants, have been capitalised by Ms Le Pen who attacked Mr Macron’s immigration policy. 

A Rwandan man – who was awaiting a possible trial over a cathedral arson – was offered shelter by a priest who he then subsequently killed and turned himself to the police. 

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Ms Le Pen commented on the events and said: “In France, you can be an illegal migrant, set fire to a cathedral, not be expelled and then re-offend by murdering a priest.”

Mr Macron has been hit with a wave of controversies during his presidency which raise huge question marks over whether he is able to secure another term. 

France has been gripped by large anti-vaccine passport protests for weeks as the French president introduced them to increase vaccine uptake. 

Earlier in 2021 French motorists were also stung by a sudden increase in fuel prices and had to pay 16 percent more for petrol than at the start of the year, while the cost of diesel increased by 12 percent.

Mr Macron has also been accused of fuelling anti-vax sentiments when he questioned the efficacy of the AstraZeneca jab in over-65s. 

He was also one of the front men to push for the AZ jab suspension following fears of fatal blood clots.

Eurosceptic Ms Le Pen had campaigned for France to leave the European Union but was more revisionist in her latest presidential campaign, arguing it is better to change it from the inside.

The Home Office revealed 828 migrants were rescued from the Channel on August 21 making it the highest daily crossing on record.

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