Marine Le Pen stokes Frexit fears as she hails how ‘Britain gave the Europeans a dazzling lesson in democracy’

The leader of the National Front in France has hailed Britain’s decision to leave the EU – and has called for France to hold a similar referendum.

Britons went to the polls to vote on the country’s future relationship with the union on Thursday, with 51.9 per cent of more than 33 million votes going to the Leave camp.

Speaking during a press conference with a backdrop saying ‘Brexit – and now France’, Marine Le Pen said the choice for Britain to leave was a ‘historic moment’.

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