Marine Le Pen pledges Frexit referendum

The leader of France’s far-right National Front set the tone for her campaign for the French presidency, calling to fight an Islamist “offensive” and promising to hold a nationwide referendum on European Union membership if she is elected next spring.

At a rally in a small eastern village, Marine Le Pen focused on her favourite issues, such as national sovereignty, immigration control, Islamism and what she calls “savage globalisation”.

The far-right candidate for the April-May election pledged to back the “France of the forgotten, the abandoned and the voiceless”.

Ms Le Pen, who announced her presidential bid months ago, delivered her annual speech in Brachay, a hamlet of a few dozen inhabitants and the French municipality where she symbolically won the largest share of votes in the last election.

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