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  • A poster by France’s far right National Front party celebrates the “leave” vote in the Brexit referendum on the U.K. quitting the European Union.

    A poster by France’s far right National Front party celebrates the “leave” vote in the Brexit referendum on the U.K. quitting the European Union. | Photo: Twitter / @FN_officiel

The far-right National Front party in France was the only major political party in Europe to back and celebrate the U.K. leaving the EU.

France's far-right National Front party called for a French referendum on European Union membership Friday, cheering the 'Brexit' vote it hopes can boost its eurosceptic agenda at home.

The anti-immigrant, anti-EU National Front was the only major French political party to call for Britons to vote to leave the EU. "Victory for freedom!" said FN chief Marine Le Pen, who displayed the British flag on her Twitter page. "We now need to hold the same referendum in France and in (other) EU countries."

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Her deputy Florian Philippot said it is now France's turn to vote to leave the EU. "The liberty of peoples always wins in the end! Bravo to the United Kingdom," he wrote on Twitter. "Our turn now #Brexit #Frexit."

Le Pen had said last month that if she won next year's French presidential election she would immediately start negotiations with Brussels on a series of sovereignty issues including the single currency.

If those failed, she would ask voters to back leaving the EU in a referendum, she said.

Le Pen is the front-runner among likely candidates ahead of the 2017 presidential vote. However polls see her losing the run-off.

Since taking over from her father, Jean-Marie LePen, as FN leader in 2011, Marine Le Pen has reworked the image of the FN to make it more mainstream.


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