‘France is not the US… and I’m not Clinton!’ says Juppé

The frontrunner to be the next president of France has tried to quash any similarities between Donald Trump’s shock victory and what could happen in next May’s French presidential election.

'France is not the US... and I’m not Clinton!' says Juppé
Photo: AFP

Parallels between France and the US don’t make any sense said Alain Juppé on Wednesday as politicians and commentators have stressed France could be the next country to defy opinion polls.

Juppé is the pollsters’ favourite to win the centre-right primary later this month and would then be the clear frontrunner to become the next president of France, given the unpopularity of current head of state François Hollande.

As a former prime minister of France Juppé has been around the block and is certainly a long-time member of the country’s political elite.

That's unlike far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, the anti-establishment wildcard, who Juppé is expected to go up against in the second round run-off vote.

Polls suggest Juppé will win, fairly handsomely, but as Brexit and Trump’s election showed, political predictions are proving fraught these days.

And politicians and experts say France must confront the possibility of Marine Le Pen “doing a Trump”.

But Juppé, who has a real conviction for corruption, ridiculed the idea he could suffer a shock defeat like Hillary Clinton, who was accused by Trump of being “crooked”.

“Firstly, opinion polls mean nothing. Everyone know that opinion polls are not certain,” he said.

“I’m not Hillary Clinton. And who is Trump in France? Let’s be serious. We can draw conclusions from this election. We must listen to the anger of those who feel completely abandoned, but to draw conclusions in terms of personalities is ridiculous.

Virginie Calmels, Juppe's deputy in Bordeaux and one of his campaign spokesperson told Reuters: “It's not quite the same in France and in the United States.” 

Juppé has said he would work with Trump if elected president.

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Deutsche Bank set ‘to cut ties with Trump’

Deutsche Bank will cease its longstanding relationship with outgoing US president Donald Trump, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Deutsche Bank set 'to cut ties with Trump'
Deutsche Bank's headquarters in Frankfurt. Photo: DPA

Deutsche Bank was Trump's primary lender for two decades, and he owes the institution more than $300 million, according to the newspaper, which cited an unnamed source as saying the German lender “has decided not to do business with Mr. Trump or his company in the future.”

Deutsche Bank declined to comment to AFP.

The move comes on the heels of last week's violent attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters at the president's incitement, and follows steps taken by other companies to cut ties with Trump and his businesses.

READ ALSO: Trump under investigation for Deutsche Bank ties

Christiana Riley, head of Deutsche Bank's US division, called the violent
siege on the Capital “a dark day for America and our democracy” in a post on LinkedIn last week.

“We are proud of our Constitution and stand by those who seek to uphold it to ensure that the will of the people is upheld and a peaceful transition of power takes place,” Riley said.

“It is my hope that these shocking events will result in a reinvigoration
of the principles our nation was built upon.”

Trump's relationship with Deutsche Bank has sparked numerous probes in the United States, including in New York, where the Manhattan District Attorney is investigating whether Trump committed financial crimes as he sought loans.

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