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Marine Le Pen Meets Putin in Moscow.

Reuters.

President Vladimir Putin met French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin on Friday and told her Russia had no intention of interfering in France’s presidential election.

Le Pen, who has said she admires the Russian leader, was visiting Russia at the invitation of Leonid Slutsky, head of the lower house of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Russian news agencies reported.

State TV showed Putin telling Le Pen Moscow reserved the right to meet any French politician it wanted.

Interfax : “PUTIN AT MEETING WITH MARINE LE PEN: RUSSIA HAS ABSOLUTELY NO INTENTION TO INFLUENCE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN FRANCE YET RESERVES RIGHT TO SPEAK WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF ANY POLITICAL FORCES.

France 24 reported earlier,

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was due in Moscow on Friday for meetings with lawmakers less than a month before a presidential election clouded by allegations of Russian interference.

The leader of the National Front, an anti-immigrant and anti-European Union party, is seeking to bolster her international credentials ahead of the two-round French election on April 23 and May 7.

Her visit comes on the heels of a trip this week to Chad, base of a French military operation that’s aimed at rooting out Islamic extremists from a swath of Africa.

The head of the Russian Duma’s international affairs committee, Leonid Slutsky, was quoted by the Tass news agency as saying Le Pen would hold meetings on the “international agenda such as the war on terrorism”.

There was no official word as to whether the French far-right leader would meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom she has described as “good for world peace”.

The BBC also adds this,

“I believe that barring parliamentarians from speaking to each other, working together is an infringement of democratic rights,” Interfax quoted her as saying in a meeting with Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.  She vowed to push for the so-called “blacklists” of targeted invidivudals to be abolished. Ms Le Pen also said that Russia and France should work together to save the world from globalism and Islamic fundamentalism, Interfax said.

Background: Radio France International. (24.3.17)

Marine Le Pen est appréciée à Moscou, car elle prône le démantèlement de l’Union européenne, la levée des sanctions à l’égard de la Russie et surtout la reconnaissance de l’annexion de la Crimée par la Russie. Le Front national avait d’ailleurs envoyé un représentant en tant qu’observateur lors du référendum sur le rattachement de la Crimée à la Russie, qui avait attesté de la transparence du scrutin. L’attitude a convaincu le Kremlin d’être bienveillant à l’égard du mouvement d’extrême droite.

Marine le Pen is liked in Moscow, because she backs breaking up the European Union, lifting sanctions against Russia, and, above all, recognition of the Russian annexation of Crimea. The Front National had also sent a representative as an observer during the referendum in Crimea on joining Russia, which claimed that the vote was free and fair. This attitude convinced the Kremlin to take a friendly stand on the extreme right movement.

Et lorsque fin 2014, le parti a eu besoin d’argent, une banque russe, la FCRB, a accepté de lui prêter 9 millions d’euros, avant de se voir retirer sa licence quelques mois plus tard. Les relations sont toutefois restées au beau fixe entre le FN et Moscou, où Marine Le Pen est régulièrement accueillie par des instances aussi importantes que la présidence de l’Assemblée. A-t-elle été accueillie en plus haut lieu ? En tout cas, il n’en a pas été question officiellement.

When, at the end of 2014, the FN needed money, a Russian bank, the FCRB, agreed to lend it 9 million Euros, before having its licence withdrawn a few months later. Relations have nevertheless remained cordial between the FN and Moscow, where Marine Le Pen is regularly met figures as important at the President of Parliament. Has she been received by higher levels? If she has, it not been official.

As part of its detailed analysis of the FN programme Mediapart  (Le programme Le Pen 2017 au scanner de Mediapart) notes  that,

“Il y a de fait une vraie convergence politique et programmatique entre le Front national et Russie unie, le parti de Vladimir Poutine.

There is, in reality, a real political and programmatic converge between the Front National and Vladimir Putin’s Russia United party.”

The FN, in short, calls for a new strategic re-alignment, from one based on the United States, to one with the Russian Federation.

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Written by Andrew Coates

March 24, 2017 at 12:35 pm

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  1. “The FN, in short, calls for a new strategic re-alignment, from one based on the United States, to one with the Russian Federation.”

    Given the current political leadership of the US, that policy is probably not one of the FN’s worst…

    Francis

    March 24, 2017 at 3:34 pm

  2. Mediapart, apart from the (general) seriousness of the site, was founded by Edwy Plenel (he had disagreements with Le Monde).

    I would take issue with some of Plenel’s more recent writings notably Pour les musulmans, (2014), which strikes many good points about French and European prejudices but has a tendency to completely ignore the issue of reactionary Islamism, beginning with the effects and legacy of the Algerian civil war and continuing to transnational phenomena such as Salafism,

    Plenel was, however, the joint author of the first – and pathbreaking – book I read (and still have, tucked away) on the Front National, L’Effet Le Pen (en collaboration avec Alain Rollat), Paris, La Découverte-Le Monde, 1984.

    I would take their analysis of the FN-Putin axis as proved, though as you say Francis, with Trump around things have changed in a way few would have predicted.

    Putin has also got worse you know….

    Andrew Coates

    March 24, 2017 at 5:41 pm

  3. Putin’s regime is getting worse, the social and political situation inside Russia is getting worse with growing obscurantism, xenophobia, censorship and state repression, The only people who can turn that around are the freethinking, critical sections of Russia’s population who are currently on the back foot. The calculation for those of us in the West who would like to see more space for critical thought in Russia has to be: does the new cold war make it easier or harder for Russian freethinkers? I may be mistaken, but it seems to me that the new cold war strengthens rather than weakens the position of the chauvinists, the Orthodox bigots, the militarists etc., while making it harder for dissenters. For that reason alone I’m in favour of seeking to improve relations with Russia. That said, we have no disagreement about the fact that Le Pen is appalling…

    Francis

    March 24, 2017 at 9:45 pm

  4. Does that really play well with a big chunk of French voters? Would it harness anti-Americanism?

    kb72

    March 25, 2017 at 2:24 pm

  5. Naturally Marine Le Pen hailed Trump’s victory, so she wants it both ways:

    “The leader of France’s far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, says the US election of Donald Trump “shows that people are taking their future back,” suggesting that French voters could do the same.”

    Though it must be said that the ‘revolutionary nationalist’ wing of the French far-right was, and is, viscerally anti-American.

    Andrew Coates

    March 25, 2017 at 5:25 pm

  6. “it seems to me that the new cold war strengthens rather than weakens the position of the chauvinists, the Orthodox bigots, the militarists etc., while making it harder for dissenters. For that reason alone I’m in favour of seeking to improve relations with Russia.”

    How would this work, exactly? How would we “improve relations”? Ignore the authoritarian and imperialist actions of the Russian government? Revoke the Nato membership of any countries Russia might want to start a proxy war with in the near future? Fully dismantle the EU? Give oligarchs better deals on property in London and NY?

    And why, in the end, would Putin go any way to changing his approach after this, when much of his power lies in manufacturing a Big Bad Enemy in the West to keep the population docile, and he would then know that he can act like a total dick without any repurcussions?

    Putin’s foreign policy has very little to do with “Russkiye Mir” imperialism (although he certainly exploits that for political gain) and everything to do with manufacturing consent at home. The rest of the world caving to Putin’s every whim will do nothing to change this, and will have the concomitant effect of entrenching his power and demoralising the opposition.

    Makhno

    March 28, 2017 at 12:52 pm

  7. The Putin government is not the only institution within Russia with which it is possible to have dealings. It is still possible to engage directly in educational, cultural and suchlike exchanges and contacts. Some of us already do that. Overall, it helps undermine the “Big Bad Enemy” image that fuels support for Putin. Of course, that’s rather a long game. But I’d like to know how the big stick policies of the new cold warriors are going to work out. So far, they seem to have helped make things worse. And if the big idea is that the people of Russia, if made sufficiently poor and embittered, will rise up and overthrow Putin – be careful what you wish for. The outcome is unlikely to represent an improvement.

    Francis

    March 30, 2017 at 4:28 pm

  8. I agree, apart from anything else it is obvious to anybody who has been influenced by Russian culture, that is anybody with any culture at all, starting with the novels, going up to the present day films and books, and, not to mention contact with the people, that ‘Russia’ is not the enemy, nor the people.

    But there does seem to be a genuine political problem with the United Russia Party, and the actions of the government, domestically (many consider the film Leviathan shows the knot between arbitrary corrupt oligarchic rule and renewed Orthodox faith) and internationally in the way there are supporters of the ‘multipolar’ way to re-establish the Russian Federation’s influence.

    You can also hardly expect democratic socialist leftists to admire RT with its ‘counter-hegemonic’ voices, full of ‘wise-guys’ from the likes of Galloway, (and of course, Farage, political figures like Marine Le Pen, m’as tu ‘leftists’ like Tariq Ali, and the whole StWC crew.

    Pouring contempt on the West through alt-facts, and the rest, is, as one book on RT called it, not serious journalism, but has more than a little in common, as Peter Pomerantsev put it in Nothing is True and Everything is Possible (2015) with Jean Baudrillard’s ‘hyper-real’ simulacra.

    Their efforts in giving a platform for the Brexit word, and, now Marine Le Pen’s ideas,is deeply resented by many on the democratic left.

    As in this, just now:

    As for Russia itself, I would not be surprised if you are right about alternatives to Putin.

    Andrew Coates

    March 30, 2017 at 4:43 pm

  9. “It is still possible to engage directly in educational, cultural and suchlike exchanges and contacts.”

    Of course it is. It’s also rather difficult to do so on any scale without those organisations being labeled “foreign agents” and being the victims of government repression and propaganda.

    “But I’d like to know how the big stick policies of the new cold warriors are going to work out.”

    I’d be interested to discover what these “big stick policies” are. The sanctions are a direct result of Russia invading and occupying a foreign country, as well as prosecuting an ongoing proxy war. They are also targeted at individuals and elements of the state apparatus and not at the Russian people. So not really a “big stick”, given the context. The disproportionate counter sanctions arguably have a much more negative impact on the people.

    So yes, cultural and educational links are valuable and important, but outside of this, without the minimal international pressure afforded by sanctions, the only other options would seem to be military action, which would of course be insane, or doing absolutely nothing in response to the belligerence of the Russian government, giving them a free hand both domestically and in neighbouring states.

    Makhno

    March 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm


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