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Key to French presidency: getting young to vote

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>> She calls herself Madam Frexit, and the National Front's Marine Le Pen is determined to be the next French President. The secret to success could lie in the country's youth. Surveys show the far-right party is the top choice for 18 to 30 year olds. But with their turnout at just 35%, there are plenty more votes to scoop up.
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David has set up a National Front student group and is a locally elected official.>> The large majority of young people, even in students, well, they're just fed up with politics. They can't take it anymore. They do not think that politics can change thing and can matter. Here is the National Front party which offers alternative solutions.
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For example, leaving the European Union or fighting economic crisis and unemployment by protectionism measures, which were not popular among traditional parties. So I really think it's this type of alternative ideas which were not represented, which make the National Front very attractive party for young people.>> What do you think are the most pressing issues facing French society today?
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>> We don't have control on our borders, we don't have control of our economic policy, of our monetary policy because of the euro. And we're not even in control of our laws. So if we want to be able to have a real and proper debate with effective solutions, we have to be a sovereign state again.
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>> So is it just about closing all the borders then?>> Well it's not about shutting everything down. We have to be responsible. Of course, I'm very much sensitive to the immigrants, and I understand why they want to come to France. Because, of course, it will be a better situation for them in France than it would have been if they had stayed in their country but we have to be honest.
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We just can't afford helping these people. When you're struggling for yourself, you just want to get better before helping other people.>> Right wing François Fillon is currently favorite for French president. But if Le Pen can strike a chord with the disenfranchised millennials, the EU could be another member down within 12 months.
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