The French far right Front National leader and presidential candidate explained on Sunday one of her more controversial policies within her presidential candidacy program, namely leaving the euro.
Marine le Pen proposed a dual currency system for France: a national currency for its home economy and another for international trade as, in her opinion, the "euro is dead."
"We will have a national currency like all other countries, and a common currency together," Le Pen said during an interview with French daily "Le Parisien," meaning that a new French Franc would be a currency for everyday domestic use and the euro, would be for "large companies trading internationally."
According to the FN leader, who faces centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the presidential elections, the euro is "largely responsible for mass unemployment" in France because it has not "adapted" itself to the French economy. Le Pen added that, if she wins the presidency, she will negotiate with the European Union (EU) the recovery of four "essential" sovereignties: Territorial, legislative, economic and monetary, adding if those EU negotiations failed, she would submit the euro question to the French people via referendum.
"If they vote no, then I will resign," the FN candidate said.
Le Pen's proposal to abandon the euro has generated unease, as polls show 70 percent of the French wish to remain inside the European single currency.
Nonetheless, Le Pen thinks if she won that referendum she would obtain a mandate of strength and the EU would have to accept, fearing "another departure" after what happened in the UK.
Exactly how she would pull-out from the euro has created some degree of confusion, even within the ranks of Le Pen's Front National.
Yesterday, Le Pen's nephew and French far-right MP, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, spoke of delaying said EU negotiations until 2018, when the next European elections may provide gains among Eurosceptic parties such as Italy's "Five Star movement."
Regarding her "patriotic" alliance with Eurosceptic right wing party Debout La France, led by Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, a former rival, the FN candidate said she had to modify some of her proposals
Among others, free schooling for immigrant children, that she wished to temporarily ban.
Speaking of her duel with Macron, who is ahead in the polls, Le Pen considers she might win and, in her opinion, Macron is already getting nervous by his "feverish and aggressive" stance.
Le Pen also spoke of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, the former FN leader and confirmed they are no longer on speaking terms.
"I am not responsible for his goofs," said Le Pen after her father's recent statements, considered homophobic, about the policeman who died in a terror incident in Paris on Apr. 20.