France’s National Front, a far-right party headed by Marine Le Pen, reportedly has applied for a €27 million ($30 million) loan from Russia, the British newspaper, The Times, is reporting.
The loan would be used to help finance National Front campaigns in presidential and parliamentary elections next year, according to the Times article published February 19.
The application comes after allegations the National Front reportedly obtained a €9 million ($11 million) loan in 2014 from a bank linked to the Kremlin, the Times reported.
Le Pen, who will be running for French president in 2017, has been one of Europe’s most prominent defenders of Moscow’s moves in Ukraine. She has attributed Crimea’s annexation by Russia to “major errors” committed by the European Union, and described Ukraine’s Euromaidan protest movement as a “putsch.” She has also endorsed the Kremlin’s territorial claim to the peninsula, saying “Crimea is Russia, as everyone knows. One should not see it otherwise.”
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