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8 May 2017, 20:02 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 20:27
Emmanuel Macron has promised to reform France’s relationship with the EU, but Nigel Farage predicts he’s only going to increase Euroscepticism in the country further.
The 39-year-old beat right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen in the final run-off on Sunday, insisting it would be a “betrayal” for the European project to continue as it is.
Some believe Macron’s victory will secure the future of the EU, but speaking on his nightly LBC show, Nigel explained why the French were soon going to feel short-changed by their new president’s promise.
The LBC presenter said: “He gets elected saying he's going to reform the European Union and I guess a large number of French people think well that's terrific.”
But, Nigel went on to explain what reform “Macron-style” really meant.
“He wants a separate budget for the Eurozone, he wants a Eurozone minister, he wants the Eurozone to have its own parliament, he wants to transfer power from France to Brussels and the EU institutions and that is the way he uses the word reform.”
Nigel pointed out that the fact Macron’s victory had been lauded by the likes of Jean-Claude Juncker and Anglea Merkel meant the French would soon “wake up to what they’ve really elected”.
He finished: “I suspect Euroscepticism will grow if it can find a political means that it can unite around because right at the minute Euroscepticism in France is very, very divided.”