France may follow the UK out of the EU because people are “angry” with Brussels, Michel Barnier said.
Former Brexit negotiator warned of “social unrest” and said many voters at home are also fed up with this bloc.
Marine Le Pen on the right is gaining support Emmanuel Macron ahead of important French elections next year.
And Mr. Barnier said the EU will fail if it does not “learn” from the UK’s decision to give up.
“Let’s wonder why 52% of citizens voted against Brussels so much that they actually left,” he said.
“There are reasons that we can find not only in the UK but also in France, citizens wanting to leave the EU.”
Mr Barnier indicates there has been “social unrest or anger” within Europe due to the uncontrolled “influx of immigrants”.
And he added: “Europe is also often criticized for its complexity and red tape. It is our responsibility to understand why the British left.
“It is important that we listen to the anger expressed in the UK and make the kind of changes needed to better reassure European citizens who are still staying.”
Mr Barnier is said to be eyeing the French presidential run as a conservative candidate.
His remarks came amid anger in Brussels about The EU started rolling out Covid vaccine.
The Eurocrats have been widely criticized for breaking the continent’s common plan of purchase.
French voters will go to the polls next April in an election that could make or break the future of the project.
An Ifop poll showed that National Rally leader Le Pen will naturally win the first round of the competition with 25% of the vote.
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She is expected to lose in the second round to Mr. Macron with a score of 54-46, a much smaller difference than four years ago.
“The results reflect Le Pen’s strong dynamics and President Macron’s struggles in the midst of a health crisis,” said pollster Frederic Dabi.
“Never, with just one year to vote, a National Election candidate has achieved such a score.”