Putin meets France's Le Pen in Kremlin

Camille Francis
March 28, 2017

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said Russian President Vladimir Putin represents a "new vision" of the world, following her meeting with the Kremlin strongman in Moscow on Friday.

Speaking to reporters at a Moscow hotel, Ms Le Pen also denied discussing financial support for her party and said she was not meeting Putin an attempt to boost her chances in the election. US intelligence agencies have accused Moscow of hacking to interfere in the 2016 USA election.

It's rare for Vladimir Putin to receive a presidential candidate from overseas. Her Instagram feed is a well-curated assemblage of leaders she admires, political events, tableaux of Moscow life, cat pictures, and sultry portraits of Katasonova herself. "They loaned money to the entirety of the presidential candidates, save for me", she said. It also means, she said, that "70 percent of my project can not be put in place".

'A new world has emerged in the past years. "I think we could do that with Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump", Le Pen said.

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

She made the unsubstantiated claim that Ukrainian soldiers were targeting civilians in Russia-occupied parts of eastern Ukraine in what she called "a war crime".

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.

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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.

At the time, FN treasurer Wallerand de Saint-Just reportedly offered the same defense of the party's financial ties as Le Pen did on Europe 1 Monday morning, and suggested that the party might later request campaign donations Russian Federation once more.

The 1,005-strong sample for the poll had further bad news with 39 percent finding Macron was running the best campaign to 24 percent for Melenchon, 20 for Le Pen and only 8 percent for Fillon.

Russian Federation had no intention of "interfering in anyone's internal business or electoral processes", Peskov said.

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. It likes her call for European Union sanctions imposed on Russian Federation to be scrapped.

She also posed for a selfie with federal lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, known for having drafted Russia's 2013 law banning "gay propaganda", which he posted to his Facebook page. Her party took a loan worth nine million Euro in 2014 from a Moscow-based bank.

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