French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen urges Russia and France to unite in Moscow visit

Le Pen has made multiple trips to Russia and often met with Russian lawmakers.

By: AP | Moscow | Published:March 24, 2017 4:17 pm
France, Marine Le Pen, Marine Le Pen Moscow visit, France Russia, French presidential elections, France Islamic fundamentalism, Le Pen Russia, Europe Russia, Russia terrorism, World news Candidate for the 2017 presidential election Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader, arrives for a meeting with members of the State Duma, the Russian lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee, in Moscow, Russia March 24, 2017. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has urged Russia and France to unite, during a visit to Russia less than a month before French elections. Le Pen said, as she visited the lower house of the Russian parliament, that Russia and France should work together to save the world from globalism and Islamic fundamentalism, according to the Interfax news agency.

Leonid Slutsky, the head of the Russian Duma’s international affairs committee, said Le Pen’s visit was “courageous,” Interfax reported.

Le Pen has made multiple trips to Russia and often met with Russian lawmakers. Moscow has courted far-right parties in Europe in an influence-building campaign amid friction between Russia and the West over the conflict in Ukraine and the Syrian civil war.

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