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France's Marine Le Pen suggests campaigning with far-right Dutch Geert Wilders

media Front National leader Marine Le Pen Reuters/Robert Pratta

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right French National Front, expressed her ambitions to pair up with Dutch anti-Islamic party leader Geert Wilders in next year’s European parliamentary elections on television Saturday.

"It's important that the voter sees that we do not stand alone, that similar patriotic movements are active in every EU country," Le Pen told Dutch NRC Handelsblad.

The two extreme right leaders share many commonalities in their beliefs spanning anti-immigration to protectionism. However, Wilders, who lost in the September 2012 Dutch general elections, has distanced himself because of anti-Semitism of Le Pen’s father and patriarch of the far right, Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Wilders, known to espouse highly inflammatory beliefs on Islam, is a divisive political leader of the Netherland’s Freedom Party.

Le Pen, a current member of the European Parliament, lost her parliamentary immunity in July to allow for a Lyon court to move forth with charges for breaching laws against racial hatred.

The charges relate to a December 2010 incident, in which she likened Muslims praying in the streets of French cities to the Nazi occupation.

In the interview, Le Pen asserted that her beliefs on Islam were less radical than Wilders.

 

 

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