Le Pen: I will quit office if French reject eurozone exit

French President Francois Hollande to make two-day state visit to Singapore

French President Francois Hollande to make two-day state visit to Singapore

In turn, Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front party, criticized European Union sanctions against Russian Federation, calling them "unfair and silly", Tass reported.

Le Pen's chances of winning have been aided by a scandal that has ensnared her opponent, Republican Party candidate Fillon.

Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, told reporters on a conference call that Putin and Le Pen had not discussed the possibility of Russian Federation offering any financial help to her political party. "Prohibiting lawmakers from talking with each other is an abuse of democratic rights", Le Pen was quoted by RIA Novosti news agency as saying.

Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said that if her plan to pull France from the euro currency is rejected by the French if she is elected, she would resign.

Le Pen is polling to reach the runoff in France's presidential election on May 7 but is predicted to lose to independent centrist Emmanuel Macron.

Le Pen added that she would replace the European Union with a different Europe which she said would be called "the Europe of the people".

An unconfirmed report this week said he was paid 50,000 euros (£43,000) to arrange a meeting between Mr Putin and a Lebanese magnate.

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The wife of French presidential candidate Francois Fillon is facing preliminary charges over well-paid parliamentary jobs that investigators suspect she never performed.

Reacting to Le Pen's comments on the death of the EU, France's ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud, tweeted: "That'll be the real significance of the French elections: the survival or the demise of the EU".

In an interview previous year with CNN, Le Pen said she was left with no choice after French banks turned her down. Speaking with Mr. Putin, Le Pen said as ISIS terrorists killed three Russian soldiers at a military base in Chechnya: "the fight against terrorism can only be truly effective if the largest nations stand side by side and join forces". "The Kremlin has made more than one bet (in the French vote), but the question is if these bets are real".

The married Macron denied the claims and within days his campaign officials blamed Russian media and Russian hackers for attempting to sway the French election, but did not provide proof of Russian hacking.

Maria Katasonova, a pro-Kremlin political activist who admires Le Pen, dismissed talk about alleged Russian meddling in the French vote as "utterly stupid".

Fans cheer for Marine Le Pen during a political rally in Lille, France on Sunday.

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