Le Pen Ready to Drop Opposition to Euro, Despite Deputy Threatening Resignation

Florian Philippot and Marine Le Pen
AP/Jacques Brinon

PARIS (AP) — French right-wing leader Marine Le Pen says she would find it natural if the National Front’s No. 2 official leaves the party if it drops one of the top issues she defended during her unsuccessful run for the presidency: giving up the euro currency.

Le Pen said Monday that it would be “to his credit” if Florian Philippot followed his convictions and left, as he has said he would.

Le Pen told France-Info television that she doesn’t consider as “blackmail” Philippot’s recent warning that he would leave if the party drops an exit from the euro.

The subject divides the National Front, but isn’t on the agenda for June 11 and June 18 legislative elections. It’s to be dealt with at a party congress. No date has been set.

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