France up next? Le Pen hails Brexit and demands vote
Friday's historic Brexit vote has sent tremors across the English Channel, where the political class had mixed reactions to the news that the UK had voted to leave the EU.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was - as perhaps could have been expected given the result - the quickest off the blocks to react to the referendum result in the UK.
The far-right national front leader hailed Britain's decision to leave the European Union and called for a*similar referendum in France.
"Victory for Freedom! As I have been asking for years we must now have the*same referendum in France and EU countries," the National Front (FN) leader*tweeted.
Le Pen later told a press conference that the vote showed it was possible to leave the EU, and that France could do the same.
"Europe will be at the heart of the next presidential election" in April 2017, she said.
If elected next year, Le Pen has declared she would become "Madame Frexit" and call a referendum on France's EU membership within six months.
"France has possibly a thousand more reasons to want to leave the EU than the English," Le Pen told a gathering of far-right parties in Vienna last Friday.
Marion Le Pen, Marine's hardline Catholic niece and the poster-girl of the party, also tweeted out her satisfaction with the result in English (see below).
France up next? Le Pen hails Brexit and demands vote - The Local