French National Front leader Marine Le Pen has called for France to hold a referendum on whether to remain in the EU at a meeting in Vienna with Heinz Christian Strache and other populist conservative leaders from across Europe.

One week before the referendum in the UK on a Brexit, Le Pen said France had “five times” as much reason to vote to leave the EU as the English.

She noted the French had been denied a right to vote on the EU entry at a time when polls showed the French would reject the EU plan.

Le Pen argued all countries in Europe should be allowed to hold a referendum, presenting a vision of Europe as federal nations working in cooperation with each other.

Marine Le Pen is widely tipped to win the French presidential elections in June 2017, buoyed by discontent with EU economic and migrant policies.

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