‘Believe it, believe it, believe it, believe it, believe it, believe Farage chastises Barnier for campaigning on an anti-immigration platform in order to win French voters.
Former Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has been insulted by NIGEL FARAGE for putting himself up to be the next President of France.
Nigel Farage took aim at the European Union’s former Brexit negotiator, who is running for President of France on an anti-immigration platform. When Michel Barnier called him “small-minded” for opposing free movement of people, the former MEP recounted. Mr. Barnier has proposed a three- to five-year moratorium on immigration.
“Mr Barnier has moved on, he’s now running for French president on an anti-immigration ticket,” Mr Farage told GB News.
“I can’t believe what I’m hearing.
“He told me in the coffee shop of the Strasbourg parliament that I was anti-business and narrow-minded because I opposed free movement of people, and now he’s running on the same platform.
“You have to be kidding me.”
Barnier formed a political movement called “Patriot and European” in February, sparking speculation about a run in next year’s election.
None of the old dominant centre-left and centre-right parties, which were booted out by centrist Emmanuel Macron’s triumph in 2017, have nominated a candidate less than a year before the first round of the presidential election on April 10.
According to polls, French far-right politician Marine Le Pen is set to face Macron in the final round of the presidential election in 2022.
Macron’s party is keeping a close eye on Barnier, a 70-year-old former French foreign minister who might help the president win support from the pro-European, center-right electorate.
The center-right camp’s hopes of making it to the second round of the presidential election are dependent on it uniting around a single candidate.
Among the conventional centre-right candidates who have declared for the presidency, Xavier Bertrand, who governs the northern region of Hauts de France, currently has the highest poll ratings.
He has, however, ruled out taking part in any form of primaries, which are still being established and may or may not take place.
The major centre-right party in France, the (LR), announced this summer that it would wait until September 25 to decide how it would choose its presidential candidate.
It comes as French President Emmanuel Macron prepares to visit Ireland for the first time.
Mr. Macron will visit Dublin for a day and meet with President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Micheal. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”