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France's Far-Right Leader Says She Takes Inspiration From David Cameron

"I am so happy to see David Cameron doing in the UK what I want to do for France," said Marine Le Pen.

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Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front party, has said she is taking inspiration from David Cameron's attempt to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the European Union.

"I am so happy to see David Cameron doing in the UK what I want to do for France," Le Pen told Bloomberg News. "He's using the months ahead of the referendum to get what he wants for his country, and we want that too, more sovereignty for France and more freedom."

She said she is using the British prime minister's negotiations with the EU as an example of how France could demand more powers back from Brussels. Rather than simply leaving the organisation, she suggested France could threaten to leave, before using this as a bargaining chip to reduce the power of Brussels.

Le Pen's party is staunchly anti-immigration and wants to increase controls at France's borders by leaving the EU-wide Schengen free movement area. She has also previously advocated abandoning the euro as currency and returning to the French franc.

The French politician celebrated Cameron's victory in May's general election by tweeting that "he would not have won" without a pledge to hold a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, alongside a call for him to make good on the promise.

.@David_Cameron n'aurait pas gagné s'il n'avait pas promis un référendum sur la sortie de l'UE. Il doit maintenant tenir sa promesse ! MLP

Le Pen is now looking to make gains in France's regional elections this December by capitalising on fears surrounding the current wave of migration into the EU. Current polls suggest she also stands a good chance of being one of the final two candidates in 2017's presidential election.

Despite her growing popularity back home, it's not necessarily the endorsement David Cameron was after.

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Jim Waterson at jim.waterson@buzzfeed.com.

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