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For immediate release: Monday 8 May 2017

SALMOND ON THE REAL LESSON FROM THE FRENCH ELECTION

ALEX SALMOND: "TORIES HAVE BECOME UKIP"

SNP International Affairs spokesperson, Alex Salmond, has drawn the contrast between the attitude of newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Theresa May on their attitudes to the far right in politics.

He attacked Theresa May’s comments this morning that Macron’s victory shows that she too needs a big mandate.

Mr Salmond, who congratulated Monsieur Macaron yesterday, said:

"The real French lesson is not about mandates, but about message. In France, Emmanuel Macron has taken on the far right and beaten them. In the UK, Theresa May has dumped UKIP by becoming UKIP.
"Macron has carried the flag for liberal values and engagement with Europe. Theresa May has surrendered to UKIP prejudices.
"His speech in front of the Louvre yesterday was a positive vision for the future of France in Europe. Theresa May’s speech outside Downing Street last week was right out of the Farage playbook.
"The lesson from France is not about mandates, but about message. Macron offers positive hope for the future. The May Tory/UKIP message is a desultory political dead-end."

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