The Front National leader is desperate to get France out of the eurozone
The Front National leader, who, according to polls, is set to waltz through the first round of voting, told the French radio station Europe 1 that the euro had “failed miserably”.
Mrs Le Pen said that the single currency, which was introduced in France in January 2002, had triggered a general increase in prices and substantially eroded the purchasing power of households.
She then suggested that Europe returns to a basket of recognised national currencies, which would be linked though a common currency system like the European Currency Unit (Ecu) in a bid to “soften” the economic impact.
Mrs Le Pen believes that doing so would allow France to re-introduce the franc, while maintaining economic relationships with eurozone countries.
The hardline leader said one French franc would be worth the same as one euro.
She said: “Households will no longer have access to the euro.
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Mrs Le Pen slammed the Euro for leading to price increases across France
"French people will use one currency – the franc – and nothing else.
French people will use one currency – the franc – and nothing else
Marine Le Pen
"We are, however, willing to negotiate a monetary cooperation with other European countries, but this is something that would only concern companies and the government.”
The traditionalist said France was the “victim of monetary dumping” from the EU and that the country had suffered a “loss of competitiveness” as a result.
Citing International Monetary Fund (IMF) data, Mrs Le Pen added that the French euro was “overvalued” by around 15 per cent, before adding that the single currency was “killing France”.
Marine Le Pen has established herself as the leading anti-establishment figure in France
The far-right chief also weighed in on the presidential election, telling Europe 1 that she was the “only” anti-establishment candidate worth voting for.
She also took a stinging swipe at her rival Emmanuel Macron, who in recent months has set out to woo disgruntled Socialists in a bid to capture their vote.
She said: “Mr Macron represents the establishment; he is the establishment. He represents those who want to protect their own interests and who have no intention of doing what’s best for their country.”