The Front National leader said she wanted to ban all religious symbols, “especially ones that are not French”, if she wins the presidential election in May.
She said it was “good” there were not a lot of Sikhs in France.
The hardline candidate insisted she is “not waging a religious war” but said immigration had changed France’s image.
Ms Le Pen is predicted to win the first round of voting on April 23, but to lose the second round to centrist Emmanuel Macron who is polling ahead of his rivals.
The 48-year-old told the International Business Times: “There are a number of neighbourhoods where you are no longer living a French life. That's undeniable.
"France isn't Burkinis on the beach. France is Brigitte Bardot. That's France." [Daily Express] Read more