Marine le Pen refused to stand in front of the EU flag during a TV interview
The outspoken Front National leader cranked up her anti-Brussels rhetoric during a TV interview yesterday.
She said: "I want to be the president of the French Republic, I don't want to be European Commission president.
"I believe the European Union has done a lot of harm to our country."
Ms Le Pen, a fierce critic of the 28-member bloc, made the comments ahead of Sunday’s presidential election.
She refused to be interviewed in front of the EU flag, a decision which sparked outrage from Europhiles.
The European Commission's representative office in France said the flag was a "symbol of unity, solidarity and harmony".
The Front National leader has cranked up her anti-Brussels rhetoric
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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
Ms Le Pen's deputy Florian Philippot responded furiously on Twitter.
He wrote: "You'll see, we'll soon stuff your oligarchic rag in the cupboard."
Mr Philippot then shared an emoji of the French flag, adding: "Long live the flag."
The European Commission called the EU flag a 'symbol of unity and harmony'
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Earlier this week, Ms Le Pen vowed to put to an end to an all immigration to France if elected president.
The right-winger said: "I will end Schengen and restore our national borders."
The proposal does not appear in her manifesto but that touches on a subject which is crucial to her core supporters.
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Ms Le Pen is expected to attract enough votes to make it to the two-way run-off on May 7.
But the gap with other contenders has narrowed in recent weeks, according to pollsters.
Hard-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon, previously seen as a rank outsider, has been tipped to make the run-off.