National Rally (NR) leader Ms Le Pen, who lost to Emmanuel Macron in the 2017 election, has now supported Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s idea of a Channel Bridge to link Britain and France after Brexit. While serving as Foreign Secretary under Theresa May, Mr Johnson suggested building a 35km road crossing between the UK and France. The current Prime Minister believed the bridge would have given a boost to the British tourist industry.
“Shouldn’t the Channel Tunnel be just the first step?
Ms Le Pen, who is preparing for her third presidential candidacy in the spring, said of the proposal: “Boris Johnson is a very creative and always surprising person.
“A bridge over the English Channel… why not?
Not so long ago, the EU seemed to agree with an even more drastic plan that would have seen France and England not only linked but merged into a new region.
In 2011, senior conservatives revealed details of an EU plan to “carve up Britain” by creating a cross-Channel region.
If approved, the project would have seen the south of England and the north of France merge into a territory called “Arc Manche” with its own flag.
It would also have ‘wiped the UK off the map’.
Former Conservative Party Chairman Eric Pickles inherited details of his Whitehall department plan from the previous Labor government.
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According to official figures, EU leaders quietly poured around £ 1 billion a year in taxpayer money to the regions, and in 2011 they wanted to significantly raise the profile of the Arc Manche at a cost of several thousand pounds.
EU officials had previously ordered a new ‘transnational emblem’ to be deployed in the south of England, described by its designers as a ‘series of concentric circles symbolizing the flow of projects and actors’, and’ representing so many bridges between territories ”.
A Whitehall collaborator called the emblem “an attempt to subvert the flag of St George and the Union Jack”.
Among the projects intended to promote the Arc Manche was a series of cycle paths aimed at connecting the north of France and the south of England.
The maps of the proposed routes showed cycle paths stopping on the English Channel and starting again on the French side.
Details emerged just days after Eurocrats pleaded for more taxpayer money for Brussels coffers.
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage said of the project: “The Arc Manche is the perfect euro project.
“Nobody wants it, nobody asked for it and nobody knows what it is for.
“His greatest pride is a logo that would not have won a Blue Peter badge, and cross-Channel cycle paths.