Marine Le Pen says she may lift Russian Federation sanctions if elected

French far-right leader and candidate for the presidential election Marine Le Pen touches a cow as she visits a farm in Cambes, central France, Saturday March 4, 2017.

The National Front Treasurer Wallerand de Saint-Just says the visit has nothing to do with raising funds for Le Pen's campaign, which received €9m (£7.8m) in funding from Czech-Russian Bank OOO in 2014.

In turn, Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front party, criticized European Union sanctions against Russian Federation, calling them "unfair and silly", Tass reported.

She told the speaker of Duma (lower house of Parliament) that European Union's sanctions over Russia's annexation of Crimea were "counterproductive", "unfair" and even "silly". Le Pen has visited Russian Federation several times.

She said Putin represents a "new vision" of the world. However, this made it possible to reveal the opposition, which is countering this phenomenon in the EU, Le Pen added.

A Russia-friendly approach to geopolitics runs in the Le Pen family.

Deputy director of the Institute of Political Studies, Daria Grevtsova, in turn, noted that Marin Le Pen has a good chance of winning the elections. "And I think it would be beneficial to exchange".

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Putin, last year, also met with two other pro-Russian French politicians, the centre-right presidential candidate, Francois Fillon, and the centre-right former president Nikolas Sarkozy.

But given her anti-immigrant views and record of defending French colonialism in Africa, the visit didn't go down well with Chadians.

Le Pen drew attention to the fact that some of her French colleagues who had expressed agreement with her during the election campaign eventually changed their opinion for time-serving considerations.

She said that she had her "own viewpoint on Ukraine, [which is] identical to Russia's".

Vedral said he suspects that a lot of those people don't want to admit they will vote for Le Pen, who is a hardliner against immigration, particularly Muslim immigration.

Russian Federation has been accused of interfering in the U.S. election in an effort to sway results in President Donald Trump's favour, prompting a probe by American authorities.

A meeting with Putin is a coup for Le Pen and could help her burnish her foreign policy credentials.

  • Sonia Alvarado