In the wake of the stunning Brexit vote come news that French president Francois Hollande has called for a meeting of minds to discuss a response.
Interesting, the group includes Eurosceptic party leader Marine Le Pen.
Please consider François Hollande Meets Marine Le Pen to Discuss Brexit Fallout.
François Hollande met Marine Le Pen at the Elysée Palace on Saturday in a sign of how the far-right leader has taken centre stage in France in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the EU.
Mr Hollande gathered France’s most prominent political party leaders — including Ms Pen — for a series of back-to-back meetings as he sought to thrash out a response to Thursday’s UK referendum.
The move comes less than a year before France’s presidential election, in which both Mr Hollande and Ms Le Pen are expected to run. The French president was also meeting Nicolas Sarkozy, his predecessor in the Elysee and another likely candidate in next year’s race.
Britain’s decision to leave the EU has further raised the profile of Ms Le Pen, whose National Front has already notched up a series of impressive results in local elections.
Ms Le Pen used Saturday’s meeting to reiterate her demands for a referendum on France’s membership of the EU, but she said that her calls were rejected and admitted that she was left “with the feeling of having come for nothing”.
She added that there was a clear strategy to make Britain’s exit painful so as to set an example to others. “It is clear that some people want the divorce to be as painful as possible so that others don’t get the idea of going down the same road as the British,” she said after the meeting with Mr Hollande.
The French president is seeking to adopt a tough stance on the UK’s decision — one that would impose costs on Britain for leaving the bloc — not least to limit Ms Le Pen’s calls for a so-called “Frexit”, and to avoid the issue dominating the forthcoming campaign.
On Saturday, Emmanuel Macron, the French economy minister, called for a new European project to make the bloc “much more transparent and democratic”, and said that it should be put to citizens via a referendum. “We have never had the courage to