Le Pen suggested the result could be increased tensions. "A multicultural society is a society in conflict," said the French politician, who is spending the next few days in Quebec.
"A multicultural society is a society in conflict."
Protesters showed up at hotelA handful of protesters showed up outside at the Quebec City hotel ahead of Le Pen's news conference. They unfurled banners denouncing her party and shouted insults, including the claim she is responsible for the rise of racism in France.
Marine Le Pen leaves a news conference in Quebec City. (Photo: CP)Later, in an interview, she said if her party were to take power in France, it would recognize Quebec as a state on the international scene. Le Pen said her news conference was held to mark International Francophonie Day. No major federal or provincial party contacted by The Canadian Press said it has plans to talk or meet with Le Pen during her visit, although Parti Quebecois Leader Pierre Karl Peladeau had to take to social media on Saturday following reports that a group of people who described themselves as youth members of his party had met with Le Pen. Peladeau wrote on his official Facebook page that he was "shocked" to learn of the meeting and said the individuals who participated were not representing his party. "On behalf of the Parti Quebecois, I want to formally disassociate our party and these instances of activities and meetings, at personal initiative, with this party whose history, doctrines, and proposals are at odds with the values of the Parti Quebecois," he wrote.
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