Report: Le Pen vows French referendum on EU membership if president

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front, said she will organize a referendum on the country's membership in the EU if she wins next year's presidential election, the AFP news agency reported Saturday.

After years on the fringes of mainstream politics, the eurosceptic party aims to be a major player in the two-round election. Analysts predict it has a strong chance of making it into the runoff vote in May.

Slammed by critics as xenophobic and anti-Muslim, the National Front has seen its support surge as voters have become increasingly critical of the European Union's handling of the refugee crisis.

The party was energized by Britain's vote to the leave the bloc in June, and Le Pen has said repeatedly said she would like to see a similar referendum in France.

In France, referendums can only be held if approved by the president.

Le Pen promised the referendum while in Brachay, north-eastern France, AFP reported.

Last update: Sat, 03/09/2016 - 19:17

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