UPDATED 8:22 AM PT — Thursday, February 7, 2019
The leader of the French National Party — Marine Le Pen — is criticizing French President Emmanuel Macron amid ongoing yellow vest protests.
In an interview Wednesday, Le Pen said Macron’s attempts at national reconciliation will fail if the president fails to address the demands of yellow vests. She said the popular movement will not subside unless Macron improves the economy, creates jobs, and tackles Islamic mass migration.
Her remarks come after a series of meetings between Macron and opposition leaders on Wednesday.
Le Pen said the French people don’t feel that their government represents their interests.
“I told Macron that the dissolution of parliament seems like the best way forward,” she stated. “We need to debate again our fiscal policies, social policies that we want to instate, which is as important as immigration, sovereignty, the desertification of our territories — this is the only way to achieve a parliament that would finally be representative.”
“le pen’s” remarks come after the French parliament passed a law to restrict street rallies under a pre-text of protecting public safety. She said such measures won’t resolve the political crisis brewing in the country.