Vincent Wood — The Daily Express Feb 25, 2017
MARINE Le Pen has slammed the EU for “giving the order” to forget the sacrifice made by Russia during Second World War.
The Front National leader said it was time to “secure Russia to the European continent” and hit out at Hollande’s decision not to sell Mistral battleships to the Cold War superpower over their actions in Ukraine.
It comes as populist leaders like Donald Trump have expressed their desire to improve relations with Russia – and eschew globalist movements like the European movement with typically anti-Russian sentiments.
Ms Le Pen said: “During the last world war she [Russia] paid the heavy price.
“The 25 million Russian and national deaths of the different nationalities of their empire have contributed to our freedom.
“No one has paid the same price, and France will not forget it, even if the European Union gives the order to forget it.
“Russia was badly treated by the European Union, it was badly treated by an indentured France.
“We deplore the denial of our commitments when we yielded to foreign pressures and refused to deliver Mistral Projection and Command buildings that would not have altered the strategic balances or contributed to increasing tensions in Ukraine.”
The far right firebrand laid down her commitment to work with Russia at a speech in Paris as she looks to capitalise on her surging popularity and take the French presidency.
She added: “France must work to secure Russia to the European continent, because it is in the order of the world, but above all because it is in the interest of the countries of Europe.”
It comes after Le Pen praised the “insurrection” against the EU from populist movements, as well as paying tribute to Brexit and Donald Trump.
The Front National leader said a surge in popularity for “national freedom” was a sign of the rising tide against the EU.
She said: “We see the end of empires and the triumph of nation states and how Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the rise of a Europe against the union which calls itself European opens the 21st century with this insurrection of the people.
“The current movement of the return of such politics is the result of forces we’ve always seen, the interest of nations and the quest for freedom.”
Ms Le Pen has labelled the European Union a “totalitarian institution” and promised to free a “weakened” France from the burden of EU bureaucracy.