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Marine Le pen calls for new French currency and pledges referendum on EU membership

Thursday, January 5th 2017 - 09:21 UTC
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“We have a country that is getting poorer,” said Le Pen. “We can no longer provide quality care to all our compatriots because our social security system is exhausted.” “We have a country that is getting poorer,” said Le Pen. “We can no longer provide quality care to all our compatriots because our social security system is exhausted.”

Front National leader Marine Le Pen has called for a new French currency and pledged to hold a referendum on the country’s membership of the European Union if she is elected French President later this year.

 In an interview for news channel BFM TV, Ms Le Pen called for a “national currency”, although she stopped short of calling for the abolition of the euro, indicating instead that the two currencies could work side-by-side.

“I want a national currency with the euro as a common currency,” she said.

In words that show how the Front National candidate is positioning herself ahead of this spring’s election, Ms Le Pen also called for the abolition of Europe’s open-borders Schengen agreement, noting the various terror attacks that took place in the country in 2016.

“We have a country that is getting poorer,” she said. “We can no longer provide quality care to all our compatriots because our social security system is exhausted.”

“Our hospitals are overloaded,” she added. “We are no longer able to offer, in certain regions, a school worthy of the name to our children, because they are overburdened by illegal immigration.”

“So why continue? For ideological reasons? I am opposed to those who have an ideological vision of immigration and I think that, given the situation in France, it must stop.”

Asked by a questioner called Nabil why it was his parents could not vote despite having residence permits, Ms Le Pen was defiant.

“I totally agree with the fact that these people do not have the right to vote because I believe the right to vote is linked to nationality,” she said. “Either one is French and can vote, or one is not French and cannot vote.”

The interview came after Ms Le Pen denounced French President François Hollande for criticizing the rise of populism as “isolationism”.

“Like many other political figures, Hollande completely renounces the restoration of democracy and independence which is so ardently the wish of the French people,” she said.

 

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  • ChrisR

    The new currency is going to be called 'The Rubber Frog' to denote the flexibility it will have versus reality.

    I want Le Pen to be president but I think she needs to get out of the EU before launching a new currency.

    Jan 05th, 2017 - 06:59 pm 0
  • Briton

    Will France ever unglue itself from the Germans,
    they seem to be very jealous of each other and pro EU,

    But perhaps this time, things will change and the French get a referendum on leaving or staying,

    the result if it ever happens would be interesting.,

    Seems 2017 will be a very interesting year for quite a few European countries.

    Jan 06th, 2017 - 08:50 pm 0
  • Englander

    Le Pen won't become President.
    France will stay in the EU and keep the Euro.
    French not up to going it alone without German support.
    There - my predictions for 2017.

    Jan 09th, 2017 - 03:10 pm 0
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