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France’s National Rally to Lead New Far-Right Bloc in European Parliament 

HeadlineJul 10, 2024
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French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has joined Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a new conservative coalition in the European Parliament. The alliance, dubbed “Patriots for Europe,” is the largest-ever far-right bloc in the parliament’s history. This comes just days after a newly formed leftist coalition defeated Le Pen’s National Rally party in Sunday’s final round of a heated snap parliamentary election in France. Jordan Bardella, who was poised to be the National Rally’s candidate for prime minister, is now president of the new EU far-right bloc. Italy’s far-right leader Matteo Salvini also announced plans to join the alliance, which includes members of Spain’s Vox party.

This comes as French prosecutors have launched an investigation into Marine Le Pen’s 2022 presidential campaign finances over accusations of embezzlement, forgery and fraud.

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