A French mayor has named a road ‘Rue de Brexit’ to social media mockery

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Marie Le Pen
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A pro-Brexit mayor of a French town has proposed to name a street “Rue du Brexit” in a reference to Britain’s vote to leave the EU, but the joke has backfired.

Julian Sanchez, 33, a rising star in Marine Le Pen’s National Front party, announced that the city council of Beaucaire in southern France had backed his proposal with a 23 to 9 vote last week.

He described it on Twitter as an homage to the decision of the sovereign British people:

The official account for the Leave campaign hailed the decision as a “fine choice!”:

Sanchez told radio stationFrance Bleu that the party had “already received messages of congratulations from Great Britain”.

However, many Twitter users were quick to note that the road in question is in a bleak industrial area and is itself a “road to nowhere” that winds in a circle to return to Rue Robert Schuman, named for a French statesman who is widely considered one of the EU’s founding fathers:

The tweet above translates as: “A circular road that makes the round…what a good perspective of progress…pff!”

Which translates as: “Rue du Brexit will be a circular road which starts, and returns, to rue R. Schuman.”

Marine Le Pen was an outspoken supporter of Britain’s decision to leave the EU and has said that she wants to hold a similar referendum in France if elected president in next year’s elections.

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