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Putin, Le Pen hold surprise meeting in Moscow


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.

The meeting suggests that Russian Federation is not afraid to face criticism it is seeking to influence foreign elections, despite allegations by United States intelligence agencies that it tried to interfere in the USA presidential election.

"I know that you represent a fairly rapidly developing range of European political forces", Putin told the presidential hopeful, adding that Russian officials are interested in exchanging opinions with her on bilateral relations and the situation in Europe.

"It must be done in a rational, well-prepared way", she said in interview with Le Parisien daily. "They provided loans to all candidates running in the French presidential election, except for me", Le Pen emphasized.

RT Francais, a Kremlin-funded news agency, reported on Friday that Russian Federation could help Le Pen to defend French people against terrorists and migrants.

Le Pen has been to Moscow before to talk to MPs, but the Putin meeting was the first of its kind.


Le Pen met Putin hours after a previously announced visit to the lower house of Russia's parliament.

The Russian leader met the French anti-EU and far-right politician in the Kremlin on Friday (24 March), an honour that is normally reserved for foreign heads of state or government. She also called for Russian Federation and France to unite and save the world from globalism and Islamic fundamentalism.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the prospect that Russian banks could offer Le Pen more loans to help fund her campaign. "But let's not forget who they are, what they do, and the nature of their regime", Macron said.

Macron's aides claimed in February that Russian groups were interfering with his campaign soon after a spike in social media claims that Macron is gay. She wants the European Union to lift Russia's economic sanctions.

President Putin shared Le Pen's view that only by combining efforts the countries can effectively counter the threat of terrorism.

Le Pen's anti-immigration and anti-EU platform appeals to the Kremlin, which has postured as a defender of conservative national values against Western globalization.

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