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Le Pen threatens to challenge Macron's army powers


The leader of France's far-right National Rally, Marine Le Pen, has warned that President Emmanuel Macron will not be able to send troops to Ukraine as army chief if her party forms the next government.


"Armed forces chief, for the president, is an honorary title as it's the prime minister who controls the purse strings," National Rally's leader in parliament said in a newspaper interview.


France votes on Sunday in the first of two rounds of snap parliamentary elections.


Latest opinion polls suggest National Rally could win a potential 36% of the vote, although it may fall short of the absolute majority it needs to control parliament.

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