French far-right wants UK-model EU referendum

Paris—French far-right leader Marine Le Pen says there should be a similar referendum about EU membership in France after Britons voted to leave the 28-nation bloc.
“A victory for Freedom,” Le Pen tweeted. “We now need the same referendum in France and in EU nations.” In the Netherlands, her ally Geert Wilders of the far-right PVV party also immediately called for a similar plebiscite.
Introduced to cheers as “France’s next president”, she said: “We want all the peoples of Europe to take back these liberties. The will of the people has to be respected.” Calling Europe’s immigration policies “crazy”, she called on the British “not to be swayed by the speeches of fear” on May 23 from the likes of EU Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker.
The gathering was hosted by Austria’s Freedom Party (FPOe), which almost won presidential elections in May and which is leading opinion polls ahead of the next scheduled elections in 2018.—Agencies

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