Catherine Field: Le Pen promises to quit if French reject eurozone exit

Catherine Field: Le Pen promises to quit if French reject eurozone exit

In an unprecedented move, the Russian president has met with a candidate for the French presidency in Moscow.

After the meeting she told reporters she was not trying to boost her bid for the presidency, however, the meeting with Putin is likely to go down well with her supporters, many of whom admire the Russian leader's stance on social and moral issues.

"I was surprised by it", he said.

Le Pen also is seeking loans to help fund her campaign, and has accused major European Union banks of refusing to give her the money because they oppose her candidacy.

"A new world has emerged in these past years".

On that occasion, she was left stranded at the bottom of Trump Tower, drinking an awkward coffee in its cafe without being invited up to meet then-US president-elect Donald Trump.

Le Pen is among European politicians who have called for closer ties with Putin and approved of Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

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"I have always called for lifting the sanctions, which are counterproductive". She has visited Moscow on several occasions, enjoying positive Russian media coverage.

Russian Federation has offered praise for rightwing and eurosceptic politicians in Europe - with Putin cementing closer ties with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, for example, in Budapest last month. "Of course I know that the election campaign in France is actively developing", Mr Putin added. But Putin dismissed those claims.

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is in Russian Federation for talks with senior officials.

Russian Federation has been accused of meddling in European elections, including by promoting anti-EU populist movements and conducting disinformation campaigns.

"I think he also represents a new vision".

The two met in the Kremlin on Friday and "were on the same wavelength", according to one of Ms Le Pen's aides, Ludovic de Danne. She also called for Russian Federation and France to unite and save the world from globalism and Islamic fundamentalism. Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, also told the Reuters news agency on Friday that Putin and Le Pen did not discuss financial aid. "I hear all the time [French President] Hollande talking about it, but I have never seen any proof of these accusations", acknowledged Le Pen.

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