Putin Meets Marine Le Pen, Vows "Not To Influence" French Election In Any Way

Tyler Durden's picture

With just one month to go until the French presidential election, President Vladimir Putin met the leader of the National Front, Marine Le Pen, in the Kremlin on Friday, and as Reuters summarized, "handed her a potential boost to her campaign to win next month's presidential election in France."

 Putin told Le Pen Moscow reserved the right to meet any French politician it wanted and that she represented "quite a fast-growing element of European political forces."

"Of course I know that the election campaign in France is actively developing," said Putin who sarcastically commented on ongoing allegations that Russia is behind the final outcome of western elections in the past year saying  "we do not want to influence events in any way, but we reserve the right to talk to representatives of all the country's political forces."

As Reuters adds, a meeting with Putin is a coup for Le Pen and could help her burnish her foreign policy credentials. While increasingly popular in France, she has struggled to get any backing abroad apart from support offered by other far-right parties.

Another sensitive topic is Le Pen's troubled financial state. Recall that in December we reported her campaign was threatened when a Russian bank, First Czech Russian Bank, was shut down by the Central Bank of Russia. On Friday, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov  told reporters on a conference call that Putin and Le Pen had not discussed the possibility of Russia offering any financial help to her political party.

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. Earlier on Friday, Le Pen had cut short a schedule of events in the Russian parliament to meet Putin.

Reporters had been told she would give a news conference at the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, after meeting Russian lawmakers, but she did not turn up for the event at the designated time.

 

On Friday morning, Le Pen explained to Russian parliamentarians why she opposed European Union sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis.

 

She also said that Russia and France needed to unite to fight global terrorism, a sentiment later echoed by Putin who has long advocated teaming up with the West to take on the Islamic State group.

With Russia now the designated bogeyman to be used in parallel all populist candidates, we expect that her competitors will scramble to portray Le Pen in a Trumpian light, pitching her as just another Putin puppet should she become president.

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VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

but we reserve the right to talk to representatives of all the country's political forces

 

Wait......what?

froze25's picture

Kinda useless since if she wins the MSM of the EU will blame Putin and call her a Russian agent anyway.

Looney's picture

 

Vlad must be going through a dozen of buckets of popcorn a day.  ;-)

Looney

y3maxx's picture

-Final score...

Putin   10

Obama 0

giovanni_f's picture

"but we reserve the right to talk to representatives of all the country's political forces"

I thought that's the privilege of the US through one of those myriads of government-sponsored NGO's or its  CIA subsidiaries aka embassies.

AC_Doctor's picture

"Vlad must be going through a dozen of buckets of popcorn a day.  ;-)"

Yeah while sitting on his stack of 10,000 tons of gold.  What a great feeling that must be.

Theremustbeanotherway's picture

MSM were already implying that Le Pen was a Russian agent so wtf you may as well be hung as a goat rather than a lamb.

MSM are liars frauds and cheats so who gives a f**k! 

 

BarkingCat's picture

Her people should be contacting the presidents and prime ministers of countries that would be very happy with her winning the French election. 

A meeting with Orban of Hungary should be scheduled quickly, followed by one with the prime minister of Poland, Czech Republic, Sovakia and maybe even Britain's May.

Not sure about May though because while she is leading UK out of the EU, she was not pro Brexit. Still, I think May would rather have Le Pen as head of France while the UK goes through the exit negotiations. 

Le Pen is likely to be very sympathetic to UK's position as there is precedent being set and she want France to follow UK out the door.

Ghordius's picture

I'd be very suprised if PM May would be willing to meet Ms Le Pen, president or not president

note that our dear Cousins the Brits (in their Parliament) recently refused to grant an official state visit (including meeting the Queen in Buckingham Palace, etc.) to Trump. and this is just a small detail

Ghordius's picture

froze25: "Kinda useless since if she wins the MSM of the EU will blame Putin and call her a Russian agent anyway"

rhymes with

ZH's Tyler: "With Russia now the designated bogeyman to be used in parallel all populist candidates, we expect that her competitors will scramble to portray Le Pen in a Trumpian light, pitching her as just another Putin puppet should she become president."

well, imo a bit too much of an American view on all this. in the whole we have big differences on this theme

- there is no such thing as a "MSM of the EU", for starters. the very French media landscape alone is way more diverse all for itself

- Russia is not the far away bogeyman that few understand. it is the sometimes puzzling more-neighbour-then-anything-else, historically often an ally of France, among many other things

- yes, Marine Le Pen is called populist, here in europe, but again, that word is used in a slightly up to very different way

- my favourite candidate himself, Fillon, is an even - as Politico.eu called him -  a better FOP (Friend of Putin) then Le Pen, and criticism of that connection is something he was able to shrug away, in France

- France, or, better, the whole of Europe never had that kind of laws and traditions the US has, with statutes forbidding certain connections with foreigners outside of the official state channels, originally made in order to reduce "foreign entanglements"

so yes, Marine scored some points with this meeting with Putin, but no, I don't see much downside in it for her

in fact meeting with Trump very openly could give more downside then meeting Putin

don't forget that the French far-right has a huge historical list of complaints about "Les AngloSaxons" in their part of the 'nets, what they call the "Fachosphere" (the websites of the French Far Right)

samcontrol's picture

my biggest complaint is how they have ripped us off in rugby for 40 years, just a week ago was the worst i had seen since Joubert in the world cup final in New Zealand. Only roastbeefs will understand my complaint deny it and call me a frog.

silverer's picture

Nobody has the right to talk to anybody anywhere unless Obama and his elite buddies in the Deep State say it's OK. Just remember that. And the NSA, CIA, FBI, state police, sheriffs, municipal cops, county police, district attorneys, prosecutors, private detectives and all their "support staff" in the mainstream media are watching to make sure you don't step out of line. Communication is NOT a basic right. So everyone just shut up. The only normal and acceptable mode is a constant state of war, because we know humans can't agree on anything. So get ready to die after you shut up.

keep the bastards honest's picture

He is protecting Marine. Indicating  he has not singled her out  and thus exposing her and him to the usual crazy stuff that Trump has endured with the batshit maddies wanting to attack Russia.

It is a quiet picture, cups of tea and an interpreter both with so much opposed  to them. Marine has been attacked so badly by the filth.

 

jomama's picture

Why would he need to say such a thing?

LawsofPhysics's picture

LOL!!  Just awesome.  More evidence that th truth really is stranger than fiction.

Hannibal's picture

Brilliant. Le Pen, Vive Le France.!

dlfield's picture

Great...now she can go through all the same bullshit when she is elected.

spastic_colon's picture

not the Onion..............

man of Wool's picture

Seems a mistake visiting Mr P so soon before the election. Re-inforce anti-Russian attitudes.
This election will be France's EU referendum.

11b40's picture

Many in Europe want peace and trade with Russia, as they should.  They also see Russia as the neighbot that it is, rather than the "other" it is portrayed as here in the U.S.  

And then there is Putin.  His stature in the wporld is rising for good reason.  He speaks clearly and with authority.  He is a man of action, and a Russian patriot.  While there are plenty of stories about coruption in his government, the same is true for all the other major countries in the West.  None are without scandal, but compared to Putin, the other "leaders" on the world stage seem weak and ineffectual.  Quick....list all the leaders of countries in the world who enjoy an 80% approval rating from their own citizens for us.  

Thanks in advance.

Sandmann's picture

Merkel has managed to get Germany back to May 1945 with lousy relations with USA and Russia - no wonder she needs to keep Britain onside

BarkingCat's picture

Merkel has managed to put Berlin in parallel to Vienna circa 1635, except that there are no city walls.

bh2's picture

Putin did not cause Russia to be corrupt. Russian corruption is endemic and won't be vanquished by presidential decrees or laws passed in the Duma.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

gotta admire Putin..seems he tells it like it is..western pols are always shocked by truth from a political big shot..shocked a leader can speak truth ..sorta like Trump vs DC..the DC crowd is always surprised at"how dare he"

Ferrari's picture

That's because Western 'leaders' are so drunk on their own lies, fairytale narative. They litterally can't handle the truth. A certain Nobel Peace Prize winning president springs to mind.

BitchesBetterRecognize's picture

It's all Putin's will.  

ciscokid's picture

About time Donald Trump meets with Putin.Nothing wrong in that.

MSN will have a fields day but so what.

mo mule's picture

A Le Pen win will seal the fate of the euro, the break up should be fast.  Just like the days are long but the years fly by. She is now the only hope France has now of saving itself from the muslim hord that is ready to overtake the country.  

falak pema's picture

Le Pen has as much chance of winning the elections as Petain's or Maurras's ghost...

The french do not want to return to either option.

Period.

If you think the new "pastoureaux" or SHepherds of Jihadist bend can take over France just read about the Middle ages and what happened to the Pastoureaux movement of errant, catholic, nihilst fanatics, who wanted to avenge the defeat of Saint Louis in Egypt; where he and his army were held prisoner for long months.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepherds%27_Crusade

 

No difference between the Shepherds of unwashed, gullible, lost souls of that age, singing "gods wills it", and the local Internet fed  illiterate jihadists of "allah o akbar" in Europe/USA of today ...

Same nihilist and demented mindset.

And the same assholes feed this nihilism as export; Popes and Kings for colonial conquest then, Pax Americana Potuses and Euro nation  surrogates for OIL monopoly games today since 1973; until it comes back to BITE THEM at home !

trader1's picture

industrial civilisation reaps the seeds sown of its own demise.

the optimist has to believe it's all for a greater, not understood, purpose!

Whopper Goldberg's picture

The Deep State goons will find a way to fuck up Le Pen

samcontrol's picture

Whopper , no need in this case, we fuck ourselves .

samcontrol's picture

Whopper , no need in this case, we fuck ourselves .Another double post thanks to shitpad. sorry

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

Shut up Vlad! No sweet talking, no bullshit.

Show us what you got about Macron.

Whopper Goldberg's picture

Being intelligent and civil is not sweet tallking   , unlike your gum chewing nigger Obomber or Trump.

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

You get me wrong, buddy. I'm all impressed by Putins performance.

But still I want to see what he got about the Rothschild stooge Macron.

Get your ass moving Vlad!

Sandmann's picture

 In 2004 he graduated from the National School of Administration (ENA) and joined the upper civil service. Then, in 2008, he paid €50,000 to buy himself out of his government contract and became an investment banker with Rothschild, where he was highly regarded and quickly made a small fortune. Then, in 2012, with the election of President Hollande, his career took another unexpected change of direction: he left Rothschild to become deputy secretary-general at the Elysée. 

rejected's picture

I have yet to hear President Putin say he was going to do something and not follow through.

With clueless American presidents it's quite the opposite.... tell the morons what they want to hear,,, then after elected,,, do whatever you want.

Spungo's picture

So Putin is promising not to use his super secret Islamic terrorists to do any more terrorist attacks between today and the election? I'm not sure I understand what is going on here.

LA_Goldbug's picture

Le Pen has balls to show up in Moscow and not worry that she will be painted Putin's agent.

Sandmann's picture

Moscow is the largest city in Europe in the largest nation in Europe and was the fastest-growing export market

Sandmann's picture

Moscow is the largest city in Europe in the largest nation in Europe and was the fastest-growing export market

zeroboris's picture

Why? Doesn't she want to win?

Sandmann's picture

French banks cut off facilities to Le Pen. You have to be "approved" if you are "non-regime" to be permitted to have banking facilities in Europe. If you cross The System you suffer the consequences.

chinooky47's picture

So let me get this straight.  Meeting with Putin in no way is effecting the French election.  REALY!  Wake up Europe, what a bunch of dupes.

chinooky47's picture

So let me get this straight.  Meeting with Putin in no way is effecting the French election.  REALY!  Wake up Europe, what a bunch of dupes.

bh2's picture

If half the voters are "undecided", prepare for another upset win in France. People are simply lying to polsters, especially when they are inclined to vote in a way the establishment opposes.

datapanik's picture

The easiest way to fight terrorism is to ban NATO and the CIA.