Putin meets Le Pen

Marine Le Pen French National Front political party leader and candidate for French 2017 presidential election arrives for meeting with members of Russian lower house of parliament's international affairs committee in Moscow

The National Front leader said a show of support for the eurozone would mean the French "choose a model of governance imposed by the European Union" - which Ms Le Pen also wants to exit. The Front National's treasurer, Wallerand de Saint-Just, reportedly defended the funding choice and suggested that the party might turn to Russian Federation once more for financial help in the future.

Le Pen noted that France and Russian Federation have deep cultural, economic and strategic ties.

Anti-EU 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, which saw the United States and European Union impose sanctions against Russian Federation.

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

As if to solidify her status as part of a global far right movement, Le Pen met with Putin on Friday.

After the meeting, Le Pen told reporters that "it's now the world of Putin, the world of Donald Trump", according to The Guardian.

It is rare, however, for Putin to meet a foreign presidential candidate so close to an election.

There was no mention, either from Le Pen, or from the Kremlin, of the prospect of getting more money to finance her party's election campaign.

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Le Pen added that she would replace the European Union with a different Europe which she said would be called "the Europe of the people".

Fillon, who has been equally outspoken about the need for a rapprochement with Russia, has enjoyed extremely favorable coverage on Russian state TV.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday said Le Pen was not a "populist" but a "realist or anti-globalist" figure.

Potential voters for the right-wing candidates - Le Pen and conservative Francois Fillon - were more settled in their choices than potential voters for Macron and the leading left-wing candidates Benoit Hamon of the governing Socialists and far-left firebrand, Jean-Luc Melenchon.

"It must be done in a rational, well-prepared way", she said in interview with Le Parisien daily. Journalists crowded into the lower house of parliament, the Duma, for a le Pen press briefing. It likes her claim that "Crimea has always been Russian" and that "there was no Russian invasion of Crimea".

"I believe that barring parliamentarians from speaking to each other, working together is an infringement of democratic rights", Le Pen said on Friday.

Recent opinion polls in France put Ms Le Pen neck-and-neck in the first round with centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, with Mr Macron slated to win the run-off. "We are witnessing an agony of the liberal clans after Trump's victory in the USA, and we are seeing them publicly declaring a war on Marine Le Pen".

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