Saying that France has been “pillaged by the neo-liberal global economic order,” French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen promised Thursday she’d give the country control back over its currency, debt and trade policy.
In a speech in Paris laying out her economic policies, the far-right National Front candidate paid tribute to what she said was a return to economic nationalism across the world.
“Look at the jobs that Donald Trump has brought back to America,” Le Pen said. “From Donald Trump in the US to Xi Jinping in China to Theresa May in Britain, economic patriotism is on the march. The European Union is last one left to still belief in the illusion of a border-less world.”
She said the euro had led to a hollowing out of industry in France, Italy and Spain, and it was time for a “friendly separation.” She also said the country’s sovereignty is at risk because 65 per cent of French government debt is held outside the country.
Le Pen pledged to put the central bank under government control, nationalise toll roads, and make the public sector buy French goods.
“My job isn’t to create jobs in China,” she said.
She reiterated her call for a 35 per cent import tax on products made by French companies overseas. She also said she’d force multinational companies to pay more taxes in France.
Polls show that Le Pen will win the most votes in the April 23 first round of the French election, but lose heavily to independent Emmanuel Macron in the May 7 run-off.