Join us, Le Pen urges Farage: France’s controversial National Front wants to create anti-EU group with UKIP

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen wants to lead an anti-EU group. Ms Le Pen claims Nigel Farage’s policies on immigration are similar to hers. The French politician wants to ‘fight the European Union.’

France’s controversial National Front has urged Ukip to join forces to create a ‘front of refusal’ against the European Union.

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-Right party which is riding high in the polls, said Ukip’s policies on issues like immigration are now ‘very similar to ours’.

And she appealed to Nigel Farage to sign up to plans to create a powerful new anti-EU group after next month’s European Parliament elections, saying she would welcome him with ‘open arms’.

The backing will embarrass Nigel Farage who has spoken out against the far-right party.

Ukip yesterday said it had no interest in doing a deal with Miss Le Pen, partly because of her party’s ‘prejudice and anti-Semitism’.

But, in an interview with the BBC’s Newsnight programme, Miss Le Pen appealed to the party to set aside ‘tactical considerations’ in the interests of the wider battle against Brussels.

‘My concern is the interests of the European people,’ she said. ‘My arms will be open as long as it’s in the interests of the European people for us to join together in a common project to fight the European Union.

‘People have progressively realised the EU has brought them nothing but unhappiness and devastation, a loss of identity, and no ability to protect their own borders. It’s these outcomes of the EU that justify the coming vote, this refusal, this front of refusal of the EU in a lot of EU countries and of its pro-Europe technocracy.


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