September 3, 2016 - 17:24 AMT
Le Pen pledges French referendum on EU if elected president

The leader of France's anti-immigration National Front has promised to hold a nationwide referendum on whether the country should leave or remain in the European Union if she is elected president next spring, the Associated Press reports.

In a speech in an eastern village Saturday, September 3, Marine Le Pen denounced "mass immigration" and branded Islamism "the new totalitarianism of the 21st century."

Talking about a possible EU referendum, the far-right candidate for April-May election said: "I will do it in France."

She also referred to the controversy over local French bans on the burkini swimwear by protesting against "the relegation of women behind fabrics."

She said: "The best weapon against terrorism: the ballot."

Polls suggest that Le Pen could qualify for the election's second round.