PARIS (Reuters) - French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen will make employers who hire foreigners pay a tax worth 10 percent of the salary paid to those people, her second-in-command said on Friday.
Florian Philippot said the tax would apply to non-nationals, including citizens of other European Union countries.
"Alternatively, he (an employer) can hire a French national and avoid having to pay the tax," Philippot told RTL radio.
Marine Le Pen, leader of the anti-immigrant, anti-European Union National Front party, is regularly tipped by pollsters to make the May 7 runoff of France's two-round presidential contest but lose that final duel.
Philippot also called on the conservative candidate Francois Fillon, engulfed by a scandal over public money he is accused of paying to his wife for work she did not do, to pull out of the race.
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"I want Francois Fillon to live up to his responsibilities and withdraw from this election," he said. "This scandal is polluting the campaign."
(Reporting By Brian Love; Editing by Mathieu Rosemain)