France could follow Britain out of the European Union after Marine Le Pen promised a similar referendum if she is elected president. The leader of France’s far-right National Front set the tone for her French presidency campaign by calling to fight an Islamist ‘offensive’ and take the country to the polls over EU membership if she is elected next spring. At a rally in a small eastern village, Ms Le Pen focused on her favourite issues, such as national sovereignty, immigration control,

Islamism and what she calls ‘savage globalisation’. The 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. READ MORE