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Le Pen Closer Than Ever to the French Presidency (and to Putin)

Posted on AllSides April 22nd, 2022
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world, France, Marine Le Pen, Vladimir Putin
Pool photo by Mikhail Klimentyev

When Europe’s far-right leaders gathered in Madrid in January, they had no problem finding unity on the issues they hold dear, whether cracking down on immigrants or upholding “European Christian ideals.” But as Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border, they were divided on one issue: the threat posed by President Vladimir V. Putin.

Marine Le Pen, the extreme-right challenger for the French presidency, objected to a paragraph in the final statement calling for European solidarity to confront “Russian military actions on the eastern border of Europe.” Even in a...

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