Le Pen: EU Will Die, Globalists Will Be Defeated

Mar 28, 2017, 00:50
Le Pen: EU Will Die, Globalists Will Be Defeated

Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential vote has emboldened the Kremlin, even though the ongoing U.S. Congressional scrutiny of his campaign ties with Russian Federation has all but dashed Moscow's hopes for a quick detente.

After attacking past French presidents for ignoring the interests of the French people, she told the Lille audience that she was the only true antiestablishment candidate.

Waiting with a bunch of Le Pen's signature blue roses was Maria Katasonova-a smoldering 21-year-old Russian nationalist who somehow manages her time between working for a high-ranking politician, heading up a "Women for Marine" movement, studying law, and being part of a patriotic artists' collective.

Potential Russian involvement in western elections has become a more sensitive issue since USA intelligence agencies accused their Russian counterparts of seeking to influence the US election through hacking, something Moscow has denied.

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Polls suggest Le Pen is running neck-and-neck with independent centrist Emmanuel Macron at about 25 percent.

Le Pen, who leads the far-right National Front Party, is expected to qualify for the first run-off in the presidential contest.

"We do not want to influence the events (the French presidential election) in anyway, but we have the right to maintain contact with all representatives of the country's political forces, like our partners do, for example in Europe and in the United States", he said.

Le Pen last week declared two loans amounting to 6 million euros for the campaign, money which came from her father and party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen's Cotelec organization.

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Katasonova, as befits her age, is an internet native.

One French bank, Societe Generale SOGN.PA , has said it does not lend to any political parties. She responded within seconds to an interview request sent via Twitter, where she has almost 29,000 followers.

Kasyanov told EUobserver that Putin was helping Le Pen, and others like her, such as the German anti-EU and far-right politician Frauke Petry, in order to "divide and weaken" the EU.

In an interview published this week in French daily Liberation, her opponent, Macron, said Le Pen had a "toxic" fascination with Russian Federation. "They can fix all that".

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"I long have spoken for Russian Federation and France to restore their cultural, economic and strategic ties, especially now, when we face a serious terror threat", Le Pen told Putin on Friday. "With her as president of France, the European Union can escape the crisis it finds itself in", she said, though she refused to say whether she wanted the European Union to fall apart altogether. Le Pen is an advocate for lifting sanctions imposed against Russian Federation after its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and for France pulling out of the European Union, both of which would further Putin's economic and geopolitical goals.

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