France's Le Pen meets Putin in Moscow

There is no good reason for France to engage in a Cold War-style policy against Russia, National Front leader Marine Le Pen said in an exclusive interview with RT, adding that if elected French president, she would seek balanced relations both with Russia and the US.

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 these past years".

And just as Russia publicly stated that they have no intention in influencing French elections, Le Pen's right-hand man Florian Philippot also gave his reassurance that the campaign will not be receiving another loan from a Russian bank.

"We're not trying in any way to influence events, but we reserve the right for ourselves to meet with representatives of all political forces of the country, as our partners do, for example in Europe and the U.S.", Putin said in televised comments prior to the closed-door meeting.

"I'll tell you about it (loans from abroad) as soon as everything is signed", she said.

Le Pen, at a meeting in Russia's lower house of parliament, called for closer French-Russian ties, and reiterated her take on European Union sanctions against Russia, deeming them "counterproductive".

Ms Le Pen has visited Russian Federation many times, although this was her first meeting with Mr Putin.

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.

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

The meeting was not announced this week when the Russian parliament confirmed that she would be visiting Moscow on Friday to meet with lawmakers.

Mr de Danne said the Berlin meeting and the Moscow meeting were different because "Macron-Merkel it's the declining establishment, Le Pen and Putin represent the freedom of the people, cooperation in a multi-polar world".

Dmitry Kiselyov, the anchor of the main weekly news program on Russian state TV, has echoed that theme, saying that the French judiciary was working "as swiftly as a guillotine during the bloody French Revolution" to undermine Fillon and Le Pen.

However, some 72 percent of French voters oppose a return to the franc, an Ifop poll published in Le Figaro newspaper showed.

  • Leroy Wright