Schaeuble praises Fillon, says hopes Le Pen never becomes French president

November 29, 2016 9:07 AM EST

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble attends a meeting at the lower house of parliament Bundestag on 2017 budget in Berlin, Germany, November 23, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble praised the economic program of French presidential contender Francois Fillon and said he hoped the conservative candidate's far-right rival Marine Le Pen would never become president.

Speaking at a foreign policy conference in Berlin on Tuesday, Schaeuble said Fillon's economic program had "strong plausibility" and could help France reach its true potential.

"To be clear, I hope that Mrs. Le Pen never becomes president in France," he added.

(Reporting by Noah Barkin; Editing by Madeline Chambers)

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