Le Pen: I would quit if France rejects eurozone exit

France's National Front can not obtain loans from national banks but does not receive any funding from Russian Federation, the political party's leader and presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen told Europe 1 radio station on Monday.

This week, he used published previews of a new book on the Interior Ministry as proof that there is a secret cabinet and that Hollande was on objective torpedoing Fillon to get his former assistant and economy minister Emmanuel Macron elected.

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.

For his part, Putin said he was keeping lines of communication open with a potential world leader.

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

Le Pen raised eyebrows in January when she visited Trump Tower, although she did not visit Trump himself at the time.

"I am in favour of developing relations with Russian Federation in the context of the long history that links our two countries", she said at the start of her meeting with Mr Volodin.

Le Pen has visited Moscow on several occasions, enjoying positive Russian state media coverage. Center-right candidate François Fillion, who has been dogged by corruption allegations in the race, took $50,000 to arrange a meeting between Putin and a Lebanese billionaire in 2015.

Benoit Hamon, the Socialist candidate, lashed out at what he called Le Pen's "subservience" to Putin, saying "Russia's interests are not France's interests".

The Kremlin insisted it had no intention of meddling in a foreign election. Le Pen has long expressed admiration for Putin, even telling a Russian newspaper in 2011 that "I admire Vladimir Putin", and Le Pen's National Front Party received a $9.7 million loan from a Russian bank in 2014.

"Russia is ready to stay in contact with representatives of all political forces, with the current leadership, with representatives of the opposition", Peskov said.

At the center of Le Pen's trip to Chad was the issue of French national security.

Le Pen last week declared two loans amounting to 6 million euros for the campaign, money which came from her father and party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen's Cotelec organization.

Le Pen has sought to capitalise on the anti-globalisation anger reflected by Brexit and the election of Trump - both results that were welcomed by the Kremlin.

She also said that Russian Federation and France should work together to save the world from globalism and Islamic fundamentalism.

  • Leroy Wright