“I’m signing a loan with a bank, not with Vladimir Putin”, she railed visibly agitated during the questioning. “That doesn’t commit me to anything.” Le Pen’s Front National (Today: Rassemblement National) had the choice between the loan and the demise of the party, she explained with a view to the financial difficulties of the RN.
The loan also played a role in last year’s French presidential campaign, which was marked by Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. Le Pen has repeatedly been accused of close ties to Russia. Center politician and later winner Emmanuel Macron accused Le Pen at the time: “You don’t talk to other leaders, you talk to your banker when you talk about Russia.”
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