France Election: Le Pen Accused of Speech Plagerisim


French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen during her speech on monday, copied comments made two weeks earlier by Francois Fillon, the former front runner who was eliminated in the first round of the election.

On April 15, Fillon made a speech in Puy-en-Velay in which he made specific mention of the geography of France’s borders, paid tribute to the French language and spoke of a third “French way” for the 21st century.

At her rally Monday in Villepinte, Le Pen repeated almost verbatim these passages from Fillon’s speech.Fillon had also quoted from World War I prime minister Georges Clemenceau and writer Andre Malraux.

In her speech ahead of Sunday’s second round run-off, Le Pen also used the same quotes, Florian Philippot, deputy chairman of Le Pen’s National Front party, said it was “a nod to a short passage in a speech about France” on the part of “a candidate that shows she is not sectarian”.

Source: The Guardian Newspaper

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