Marine Le Pen has said she would resign if France decided to remain in the EU following a referendum
The leader of France’s right wing Front National (FN) party is the shock front-runner in the pre-election polls.
She has said that if elected president in May she will launch a nationwide Brexit-style referendum on France’s EU membership within six months.
And she is so confident of winning she says she would “have to let go of power” if she lost.
Mrs Le Pen said the first thing she would do is renegotiate terms of France's EU membership
If I win the election, the first thing I will do, as president, is renegotiate the terms of France’s EU membership
Marine Le Pen
She said: “If I win the election, the first thing I will do, as president, is renegotiate the terms of France’s EU membership. I want to give France its economic freedom back.
“But if the negotiations with the EU fail, I will tell the French this: ‘We must leave the EU and create a Europe of nations.’”
Mrs Le Pen then said that if the French later voted to remain in the EU despite her call for independence, she would resign.
Mrs Le Pen's performance in polls has confounded critics
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She added: “But what would happen if I told voters that we must leave (the EU) and they decided to stay? I would quit. What else can I do? The people’s voice is the only one that counts
“My project for France can only be carried out if we get the tools and powers back from the EU.”
Mrs Le Pen’s performance in polls has confounded critics.
Things you didn't know about Marine Le Pen Mon, February 20, 2017
Marine Le Pen is a French politician who is the president of the National Front, a national-conservative political party in France and one of its main political forces.
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Described as more democratic and republican than her nationalist father, she has led a movement of "de-demonization of the Front National" to detoxify it and soften its image
All voting intention polls so far predict that Marine Le Pen will win the first round of voting
All voting intention polls so far predict that the far-right chief will win the first round of voting in April with more than 25 per cent of the vote.
However under France’s complex voting system she is expected to lose to a less ‘radical’ candidate – either centrist Emmanuel Macron or conservative right-winger François Fillon – in the final round run-off, which is to be held on May 7.
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