Francois Asselineau is calling for Frexit
On the same day the EU celebrated 60 years of the Union, hundreds of supporters holding “Frexit” and “Europe dictatorship” placards gathered at a rally for eurosceptic Popular Republican Union (UPR) party leader Francois Asselineau.
Speaking at the the Paris Event Centre, La Villette gate, he said: “If it is not me elected on May 7 you will have the programme of the European Commission.”
He claimed all the other presidential candidates intend to remain within the EU and it would be "months and years lost" for Eurosceptics.
Who will be the next President of France? Mon, March 20, 2017
Candidates for the 2017 French Presidential Election revealed
Play slideshow 1 of 6
Francois Asselineau is making waves in France
If it is not me elected on May 7 you will have the programme of the European Commission
Mr Asselineau added: “We have a candidate who proposes to use the Frexit as soon as it is installed.”
His comments hint at a growing euroscepticism movement currently sweeping the continent in the wake of Britain’s momentous decision to unshackle itself from the beleaguered bloc.
Front National (FN) leader Marine Le Pen has already promised to hold a referendum on France’s membership of Brussels if she takes power in May, which has steamrolled her popularity in opinion polls.
A supporter who attended the rally said: "We celebrate Assselineau.
Get Quotes on Home Insurance
“It would be nice for France to become Switzerland for the good of the world, that France become a democracy again.” Another young woman says: "The exit of Europe will enable us to be free and autonomous and to ally ourselves with others like Russia."
Marine Le Pen has seen her popularity boost after calls for Frexit
The latest poll by Ipsos Sopra Steria says if the election were held next Sunday Ms Le Pen would win the first round at 25 per cent, compared to 24 per cent for centrist Emmanuel Macron and 18 per cent for conservative Francois Fillon.
But the poll says Mr Macron would go on to resoundingly beat the FN leader in the two-way decider vote on May 7, with 62 per cent compared to 38 per cent for the FN leader.