Leo Varadkar and Emmanuel Macron meet at Paris rally
French presidential candidate is front-runner to win next weekend’s election
Leo Varadkar and Emmanuel Macron at an election rally in Paris.
The Minister for Social Protection attended the rally in a personal capacity. It was held a week before polling, was attended by thousands of people.
Later on Monday, Mr Varadkar said it was “a privilege to attend Macron’s rally in Paris. He’s a man whose character and values I admire.”
He added that instead of pandering to Marine Le Pen’s “nationalism, statism and illiberalism as some have, he has done the opposite and doubled down on defending our values through a pro-Europe, socially and economically liberal campaign”.
Nationalism and fear
“He speaks confidently and hopefully about the future and how we can change globalisation, Europe, business and our own countries to work better for citizens. He rejects philosophies of nationalism and fear that are nostalgic about a better or greater past that never really existed.”
The Fine Gael leadership hopeful said “the political division in the world is no longer one of left versus right. It’s increasingly been progressivism and open on one side versus regressivism and closed on the other.”
Earlier at the rally, Mr Varadkar also met the former presidential candidate Ségolène Royal and tweeted that there was an “amazing atmosphere” there.
Polls show him running well ahead of Ms Le Pen with French voters.