Marine Le Pen calls for ‘European COUNTER-SUMMIT’ of nationalist party leaders

FRENCH Front National leader Marine Le Pen is trying to arrange a meeting of European right-wing leaders, according to party officials.

PUBLISHED: 09:35, Fri, Dec 23, 2016 

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French National Front leader Marine Le Pen with Father Christmas

The proposed talks are being billed as a “European counter-summit” and will bring together the leaders and MEPs from the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENL) parliamentary group which has members in Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Romania.

A spokesman for Ms Le Pen said: “There is the Europe of Merkel of the euro, austerity, massive immigration and then there is the Europe we want to defend.”

The ENL parliamentary group, of which Ms Le Pen is the co-chair, is also considering the creation of an international platform bringing together nationalist leaders to discuss common issues and imagine partnerships.

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Marine Le Pen has called a summit of right-wingers European leaders

There is the Europe of Merkel of the euro, austerity, massive immigration and then there is the Europe we want to defend

Front National spokesman

Ms Le Pen is expected to reach the final round of France’s presidential elections in May on a nationalist anti-immigration platform that has gathered steady support.

But questions have been raised this week about whether she has the financial backing to run a proper campaign.

And it has now emerged that US intelligence has been asked to investigate Ms Le Pen’s links to Russia, following her request for a £24.3million loan from a bank close to Vladimir Putin.

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Marine Le Pen could face a probe over financial links to Russia

The National Front party has made no secret of taking foreign loans to help bankroll its campaigns because French banks refuse to stump up the funds.

 

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