PARIS (AP) — With Brexit looming and nationalism rising, French President Emmanuel Macron’s pro-EU party is launching its campaign for the European Parliament elections.
The centrist Republic on the Move party and allies are holding a rally Saturday in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers. The grouping calls itself Renaissance.
Polls suggest Renaissance will be among France’s top two vote-getters in the May elections, alongside Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration, far-right National Rally.
Saturday’s Renaissance rally will be led by Nathalie Loiseau, who quit this week as France’s European Affairs minister to lead the campaign.
Popularity is growing in some EU countries for politicians who want to reinstate borders and roll back European cooperation built since World War II.
French voters will fill 79 of the European legislature’s 705 seats. Macron hopes his pro-EU vision can inspire voters beyond France’s borders, too.