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07 July 2016
Marine Le Pen praises Trump, says she would vote for him
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s pro-White Front National party, said in a magazine interview said that if she were American, she would vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“If I was American I would vote for anyone but Hillary Clinton … Between him and Hillary Clinton, it is clear that I would choose Donald Trump,” Le Pen told the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles.
Valeurs Actuelles is a French conservative weekly close to Marine Le Pen’s Front National.
“What appeals to Americans is that he is a man free from Wall Street, from markets and from financial lobbies and even from his own party,” Le Pen said.
The anti-invasion, anti-euro National Front was the only major French political party to call for Britons to vote to leave the European Union, hoping Brexit can boost its own eurosceptic agenda at home.
Le Pen in the interview reiterated her call for a French referendum on European Union membership.
Marine Le Pen has frequently expressed her admiration not only for Donald Trump, but also for Vladimir Putin. She also took money from Russia. In November 2014 it was announced that the National Front obtained a loan of $11 million from a Russian bank.
Many critics even believe the Kremlin is using the Front National, and other anti-EU parties as a vehicle to lobby its political interests in Europe. Marine has made no secret of her sympathy for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
She held high-level talks in Moscow in April 2014 and has criticized Western sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Crimea and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Marine Le Pen has also accused EU leaders of waging “a new Cold War” with Russia and slammed French President Francois Hollande’s decision to suspend delivery of two Mistral-type warships to Moscow.