French Election: Marine Le Pen claims 'France will be steered by a woman - Merkel or ME'
Marine Le Pen claims France’s future will be determined by a woman, but it is up to the French voters to decide if it is her or German chancellor Angela Merkel.
As millions of people tuned in to watch the former Front National leader tussle with rival Emmanuel Macron, Ms Le Pen branded the centrist “a darling of the system” and suggested that if he wins the election on Sunday then France will ultimately be ruled by Mrs Merkel.
Ms Le Pen accused Mr Macron of “European extremism” and claimed he was desperate to obtain Merkel’s “blessing”.
She said: “France will be steered by a woman, it will be me or it will be Mrs Merkel.”
Ms Le Pen has been an outspoken critic of the EU for years and has vowed to hold a referendum on the country’s membership of the bloc if she wins the election.
She said: "I'm a European. I want to save Europe from the EU, which is killing it."
Taking aim at the crisis-hit single currency, the outspoken MEP added: "We must free ourselves from the Euro.
"The Euro is the currency of the bankers. It is not the currency of the people. The franc is the currency of the people."
Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron pictured ahead of the live TV debate on Wednesday
She then vented her fury at unelected commissioners in Brussels, saying: "No one knows their name or their face. And above all no one has voted for them."
Last month, a German MEP even suggested that Mrs Merkel’s “lecturing” to the rest of Europe is fuelling support for Ms Le Pen.
Green MEP Sven Giegold said German “dominance in Europe” was behind the rise of the nationalist candidate and despite backing Mr Macron to win the election, he said Germany’s commanding role in Europe was affecting how other nations view the EU.
Mr Giegold said: “The high turnout for Le Pen should be a reason for concern and it highlights just how much German dominance in the EU promotes frustration about the EU in many countries.
“In Germany, we owe it to our French partners to discuss thoroughly how almost all the candidates expressed their discontent about the German role in Europe.
“In order for Europe to be held together, German EU policy has to gear up for more solidarity.”