France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen says the European Union will “die” and she vows to save France from globalization.
During a Sunday campaign rally in Lille, Le Pen said that the upcoming elections will be the next stage in a global popular rebellion.
"The European Union will die because the people do not want it anymore ... arrogant and hegemonic empires are destined to perish," she added.
She stressed that the time has arrived to overcome globalists, and added that her main rivals in the French presidential elections, conservative Francois Fillon and centrist Emmanuel Macron, were both guilty of treason because of their pro-EU and pro-market stances.
Le Pen added that she would replace the EU with a different Europe which she said would be called "the Europe of the people.”
"It must be done in a rational, well-prepared way," she said in interview with Le Parisien daily. "I don't want chaos. Within the negotiation calendar I want to carry out ... the euro would be the last step because I want to wait for the outcome of elections in Germany in the autumn before renegotiating it," she added.
Recent opinion polls suggest that the far-right leader is likely to win the first round of France's election on April 23, but would lose in the run-off on May 7.
Le Pen, well known for her anti-immigrant rhetoric, became the leader of the party in 2011 and has promised to hold a referendum on France’s exit from the EU.
She launched her election bid in February with an anti-Islam stance. She has also noted that if she is elected as president, mosques and places of Islamic teaching will be closed down.