Marine Le Pen meets with Vladimir Putin

Posted March 25, 2017

President Vladimir Putin met French far-right party leader Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin on Friday, handing her a potential boost to her campaign to win next month's presidential election in France.

Earlier, the leader of France's National Front party said that Ukraine was a scene of civil war and that there were no Russian troops on its territory.

"I have always pressed for the abolition of sanctions, which I regard as counter-productive", she said at a meeting with State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.

In contrast to her Russian Federation visit, the impetus for the Chad trip seems more straightforward.

Referring to Russia's role in Syria and France's fight against Islamic extremists, she called on the two countries to work together to fight "terrorism".

Le Pen said Friday that if she were elected president, she would "ponder lifting sanctions" against Russian Federation.

Marine Le Pen visited the Museums of the Moscow Kremlin.

Putin acknowledged that Le Pen represented a spectrum of European political forces that was rapidly growing and said he would favour an exchange of ideas on bilateral relations and the current situation in Europe.

The French politician, who is in Moscow at the invitation of Russian lawmakers, noted that the two sides have deep cultural, economic and strategic ties.

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In addition, Marine Le Pen spoke about the stupidity of sanctions imposed on Russian Federation.

A pro-Kremlin French-language website, called CrossCheck, also endorsed her anti-immigrant rhetoric by publishing a fake story in February that a north African man had attacked a French priest and that French media had hushed it up.

Once considered the front-runner in the French race, conservative candidate Francois Fillon has fallen behind Le Pen and Macron after facing preliminary charges in a probe of taxpayer-funded jobs his wife and children received but allegedly never performed.

She said that she had her "own viewpoint on Ukraine, [which is] identical to Russia's".

In an interview a year ago with CNN, Le Pen said she was left with no choice after French banks turned her down.

Putin's bombing campaign in Syria did target civilians and hospitals in support of its strategic ally, the Syrian regime, in what European Union states and the United Nations have judged as war crimes.

Vedral said he suspects that a lot of those people don't want to admit they will vote for Le Pen, who is a hardliner against immigration, particularly Muslim immigration.

The French presidential election is followed by parliamentary elections in June.