Nicolas Dupont-Aignan has pledged to 'denounce' all European Union treaties signed by France
Although lagging behind leaders Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, the candidate is making much noise in the run-up to round one of the vote in just one 11 days’ time.
Mr Dupont-Aignan told the left-wing daily Le Monde: “If I win the presidency, I will automatically denounce all (EU) treaties.
“France can no longer play this deadly game.
“I would suspend three measures: the law on the free movement of workers, Schengen and France’s financial contributions to the EU budget. “We would save 8 billion euros (£6.8 billion) a year, and the money saved would go towards helping French retirees.”
But the centre-right presidential hopeful – who has repeatedly called for a new European dynamic – added that he wanted to help “rebuild” the Brussels bloc.
He said: “Unlike Marine Le Pen, I do not think that France should leave the EU; I am, however, for the reconstruction of Europe.
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“I believe in a Europe of nation-states.
“What we need is a European confederation in which member states have the power to take back control of their borders, adopt their own laws and set their own budgets.”
Mr Dupont-Aignan added that if the EU failed to “compromise” with France over the treaties, he would call for a ‘Frexit’ referendum “within six months”.
He said that if the EU failed to 'compromise' he would call for a ‘Frexit’ referendum
He said: “If the French vote to leave the EU then I would look to establish closer ties with former EU member states, namely Britain.
“My project is Gaullist, humanist and patriotic. With me at its helm, France will get back on its feet.”
The nationalist candidate also weighed in on the Syrian crisis and condemned US President Donald Trump’s decision to fire cruise missiles at a Syrian air base last Friday from which a chemical weapons which that killed scores of civilians in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun had reportedly been launched last week.
He said: “I deplore excessive interventionism. We have no proof Bashar al-Assad ordered the gas attack… He had no reason to… But if the allegations are true and the Syrian government is in fact responsible for the atrocities, then I would be ruthless.
“But I, for my part, would back a UN-led intervention.”Mr Dupont-Aignan, however, said the international coalition’s first priority in Syria should be to wipe out the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS).
He said: “Crushing ISIS remains a top priority for the US-led coalition. But we must first lift the sanctions imposed against Russia. Because right now, we have one of two choices: we either take down Mr al-Assad or take down ISIS. We beat Hitler with Stalin’s help, and Stalin wasn’t exactly a saint.”