Frontrunner to lead conservatives in France, Laurent Wauquiez — who called U.S. President Donald Trump an “inspiration” — has said he is ready to take on globalist president Emmanuel Macron and speak for the “silent majority”.
The 42-year-old, who opinion polls mark as the clear favourite to become the leader of Les Républicains (LR) in France next month, is characterised by the media as “hard right” due to his conservative views on immigration and radical Islam.
Speaking after a party rally, Wauquiez said conservative parties have moved too far to the centre in recent years. “We won’t bring people together by being tepid,” he told Reuters on Wednesday.
At the rally in Provins, the French politician had called for an end to giving free healthcare to illegal immigrants, and blasted politicians’ “naivety” over Islam, which prompted the international news agency to accuse him of parroting “[Front National Leader Marine] Le Pen’s favourite themes”.