Saturday 24 June 2017

Le Pen plans to print money and quit EU if elected

France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen. Photo: REUTERS
France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen. Photo: REUTERS

Henry Samuel

Marine Le Pen, the far-right Front National leader, intends to exit the euro and enact a raft of unorthodox economic policies from money printing to import taxes if she becomes France's next president.

Ms Le Pen (inset) is due to detail 140 "presidential commitments" this weekend in Lyon, south-eastern France. She will confirm that she plans to open six months of negotiations to take France out of the euro, and to leave the European Union unless it agrees to become a very loose co-operation of nations.

"Our preferred scenario would be to agree jointly on the dismantling of the eurozone," said Jean Messiha, who co-ordinates the drafting of Ms Le Pen's election platform. If that did not work, an FN government would seek a unilateral exit from the single currency by putting it to a referendum.

Polls suggest the French would probably reject a "Frexit". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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