French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen praised the UK Brexit voters and said Brits would always be welcome to live in France – as long as they are not criminals and do not dispute the French way of life.
In a radio interview with Nigel Farage, one of the key leaders of the pro-Brexit campaign, Marine Le Pen praised the UK’s “honourable” Brexit voters who freed Britain from a “huge prison”.
As reported by The Local, the National Front leader said those who have suggested the future rights of Brits in France and of the French in the UK would be threatened by Brexit or even a Frexit were engaging in fear-mongering.
“After Brexit, nothing will happen to French citizens living in Great Britain and nothing will happen to British citizens living in homes in France,” she said. “When people live on our territory and are not criminals, they do not dispute our laws or our way of life, our customs, our values. I see no reason why we should not continue to welcome them in the French style.”
As reported by The Independent, Marine Le Pen also described the EU’s approach to the UK as “blackmail” and “constant threat”.
Current polls suggest the National Front candidate will scrape first position in the first round of the coming French presidential election but lose badly in the second round, when all but the top two candidates from the first round are eliminated.