France's National Front chief wants eurosceptic alliance

Marine Le Pen tells ANSA their program is 'similar to Grillo's'

24 March, 19:50

    National Front Leader Marine Le Pen National Front Leader Marine Le Pen

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, MARCH 24 - National Front leader Marine Le Pen called on Monday for all eurosceptic parties to join forces ahead of the European Parliament elections in May. ''I ask all eurosceptic parties in Europe to work together to defend nation states and to restore democracy, rule by the people and national identities,'' she told ANSA in an interview in the French capital. To a question on the EU elections - polls for which show the National Front in the lead or in second place in France - Le Pen urged all of Europe's eurosceptics including Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement and regionalist and anti-immigrant Northern League to ''get as many seats in the European Parliament as possible''.

    Le Pen's party racked up a historic high in votes in the first round of local elections in France on Sunday. ''Today we are no longer an opposition party, we are one that is ready to take on government responsibilities, from the municipal level to the presidency,'' said the leader of the National Front.

    On the Five Star Movement led by the comedian Beppe Grillo, she added that ''I don't understand Grillo's hatred towards me. In reality, our parties agree on many issues, starting from the fight against the euro.'' In Le Pen's view, Grillo's party ''simply fights against without taking on its responsibilities.''  (ANSAmed).

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