Presidential hopefuls vaunt goods ‘Made in France’


PARIS (AP) — French presidential hopefuls are showing off their patriotism by sampling sausages, fashions, and concept cars — all made in France.

Far right leader Marine Le Pen, capitalizing on frustration with globalized trade and the status quo, reveled in her visit Friday to the “Made in France” exhibit in southern Paris.

Socialist Arnaud Montebourg — who once posed on a magazine cover wearing a striped French sailor’s jersey and holding a French-made blender — also toured the expo.

Montebourg, who as economy minister tried to reinvigorate French manufacturing, is seeking the left-wing nomination for president.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, running in a conservative primary Sunday, visited the exhibit, too.

Donald Trump’s election in the U.S. could notably bolster Le Pen’s populist agenda, which includes resisting free trade deals and abandoning Europe’s shared currency.

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