Friday 17 January 2020

Le pen to unite the far-right

Bruno Waterfield

Populist and anti-immigrant far-right parties will fight together on a common manifesto in next year's European Union elections, but will not form alliance with neo-fascist parties, Marine Le Pen has said.

The French Front National (FN) leader is planning to team up with Dutch, Swedish, Belgian and Austrian anti-immigration parties, but has asked her father Jean-Marie Le Pen to break with groups such as the British National Party (BNP).

At a Strasbourg press conference to launch her softer focus "European Alliance for Freedom", Miss Le Pen, poured scorn on Ukip leader Nigel Farage for being scared to join forces with her.

The FN is already allied to the Austrian Freedom Party, Belgium's Vlaams Belang and Sweden Democrats for next May's European Parliament elections, and on November 13 will hold talks with popular Dutch anti-Muslim leader, Geert Wilders. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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