Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) candidate for 2017 presidential election, poses before an interview with Reuters in Paris, France, May 2, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen came under fire on social media Tuesday for lifting sections of a speech from a conservative rival, in what Le Pen aides said was a "nod and a wink" to his voters.Fillon has urged voters to back Macron.In one part of her May 1 speech, lasting about 50 seconds, Le Pen talked about people learning French in Argentina and Poland, and on waiting lists to study at the Alliance Francaise official French schools abroad, in a word-per-word lifting of a mid-April speech by Fillon.Le Pen added to Fillon's comment that this showed France is more than a military and industrial power, that France "must and can" become a big power again.Le Pen, speaking Monday at a Paris region campaign rally, said:Le Pen's campaign manager David Rachline also played down plagiarism accusations, painting her speech as a form of tribute to Fillon.
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