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Le Pen vows to pull France out of EU, NATO

LYON, France — French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is reiterating her commitment to pull France out of the European Union and to restore the franc as the country’s official currency.

Le Pen uses her closed speech at a far-right conference Sunday in the southeast city of Lyon to highlight some of her key campaign promises from the 144 commitments she announced a day earlier.

Far-right leader presidential candidate Marine Le Pen gestures as she speaks during a conference in Lyon, France, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Far-right leader presidential candidate Marine Le Pen gestures as she speaks during a conference in Lyon, France, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

She says she plans, if elected, to schedule a referendum within her first six months on a “Frexit” and intends to negotiate issues like borders and currency with the EU.

Le Pen says she also wants France to leave NATO’s integrated command and to build up the country’s capabilities to provide for its own defense.

— AP

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