French politician Marine Le Pen is making investors very nervous

French politician Marine Le Pen is making investors very nervous, by Alanna Petroff.

Fears are beginning to show in the bond market, where investors are selling French government debt over concerns that the far right politician just might overcome the odds and win the presidential election.


Le Pen, the leader of France’s National Front party, officially launched her presidential campaign Sunday with a speech attacking globalization and the dangers of immigration. She also pledged to pull France out of NATO. Much of her rhetoric matches that of President Trump in the U.S.

Le Pen wants France to drop the euro, an event that would throw the future of Europe’s common currency into doubt. She has also threatened to hold a referendum on the country’s membership in the European Union.

A French exit from the bloc would be far messier than the departure Britain is preparing to negotiate. France is one of the group’s founding states, and the second biggest eurozone economy. …

Le Pen wants to slash legal migration into France to 10,000 “entries” per year. She also wants to limit immigrants’ access to public services. In an earlier interview with CNN, she said France is “being attacked by radical Islam.”