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France should continue blocking Mercosur deal, no matter the president

Neither Emmanuel Macron nor Marine Le Pen will push for the ratification of the 2019 Mercosur-EU free-trade agreement

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Electoral posters of Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen in Paris. The French runoff election happens on April 24. Photo: Symeonidis Dimitrios/Shutterstock

Centrist French President Emmanuel Macron faced far-right challenger Marine Le Pen in a presidential debate on Wednesday night. And while the two couldn’t be more different in many aspects, they voiced similar opinions about free trade deals at the European Union level.

Called out for her EU skepticism, Ms. Le Pen said she no longer wishes to withdraw France from the bloc, but rather to change some of its rules. “I want to stay in the EU but make profound changes to it, in order to create a true alliance between European nations,” she said. 

“There are a number...

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