French nationalist leader Marine Le Pen, who is running for president, said her election next year could lead to a partnership among her, President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin — a trio she suggested that "would be good for world peace."
According to Reuters, Le Pen made the statement during her formal campaign announcement at her election headquarters, just a mile from the presidential residence in Paris. The anti-European Union candidate, who strongly favors conservative immigration reform, was the only French politician to endorse Trump in the U.S. presidential election.
The National Front Party Le Pen leads has been enlivened by the billionaire businessman's success as well as the United Kingdom's shock decision earlier this year to abandon the European Union. Le Pen is hoping to ride the anti-establishment wave sweeping the West into the Élysée Palace in 2017.
"There is a worldwide movement," she told reporters Wednesday. "A worldwide movement which rejects unchecked globalization, destructive ultra-liberalism, ... the elimination of nation states, the disappearance of borders." She added, "The forces at work in these various elections are ideas, forces which could bring about my election as the president of France next May."
While most polls show Le Pen falling short of winning the presidency, it is worth noting that data leading up to both the so-called Brexit referendum and the 2016 presidential election were incorrect. And Le Pen, for her part, is hoping to be the next candidate to prove political pollsters wrong.
Should she succeed, Le Pen said France will have "good relations" with Russia. She also told reporters that as president she would reinstate border checks with France's neighboring countries and hold a referendum to pull the country from the European Union.
Hoping to tap into the populist message that is gaining traction across the world, Le Pen's new campaign logo features a blue rose with the text "In the name of the people."