French presidential candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan wants to leave the EU
Mr Dupont-Aignan, who founded his party France Arise, wanted his country to follow Britain in exiting the EU, pledging to hold as referendum if he won the election as it is “now or never”.
Speaking on France Inter radio, the centre-right candidate said: “A woman who is abused in the house has two solutions: either she leaves her violent husband in the house, which is a scandal. Or she could kick out her husband and stay in the house. This is what I want for France, who is abused by Brussels.”
He said the EU is killing Europe, not just France, having previously vowed to hold an EU referendum.
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France is abused by Brussels
Last June, he said: “It’s now or never. The British have an historic chance to escape from prison and when you see a prison door open up, you have to get out.”
The Gaullist French candidate wants to leave the euro and scrap the EU, put ethical standards for elected officials first and put the fight against jihadist terrorism at the centre of foreign policy.
He once crossed the French border with a kalashnikov rifle in his car boot to show the lack of security.
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Leader of the Front National, Marine Le Pen, also wants a referendum on the EU
Some French media have described the comment as an “extreme metaphor” and have been quick to highlight the majority of abused women stay at home.
French journalist at LCI, Anais Condomines, said: “This parallel between France and abused women is a scandal.”
Many of Dupont-Aignan’s voters like the candidate’s honesty and see him as an alternative to Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen.
Mr Dupont-Aignan’s party was founded by him in 1999 and by 2015 had 15,000 members.
He has also said that it is a violation of democracy to have only selected the candidates who have more than 10 per cent of the vote in polls for the official candidates’ debate in March.
The first round of the presidential election will be held on Sunday, April 23.