Don't miss




Donors pledge millions at Uganda refugee summit

Read more


Depp plumbs depths of bad taste

Read more


France's new frontman, America's absent center, May's Brexit gambit, Saudi royal reshuffle, after Mosul & Raqqa fall

Read more


Senegal’s Casamance hopes for new era of peace

Read more


FARC disarmament a 'historic day' for Colombia, says president

Read more


Cruise collections: All aboard for Dior and Chanel's latest fashions

Read more


Colombia comes to France

Read more

#THE 51%

The last taboo: Helping women and girls. Period.

Read more


Who benefits when the ice caps melt?

Read more


French far right rooting for hard-left Syriza in Greek poll

© Matthieu Alexandre, AFP | Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front party

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2015-01-20

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Tuesday that her National Front party would rejoice if the hard-left Syriza coalition wins upcoming elections in Greece.

Le Pen, who led the National Front (FN) to unprecedented ballot victories in France last year, told French media that a win for Syriza in Greece would help strengthen euro-sceptics across the continent.

“There is a revolt within Europe that is being led by people who are retaking control of power from the totalitarianism of the European Union and its allies,” Le Pen told the leading French daily Le Monde on Tuesday.

“This does not make me a far-left activist,” Le Pen added in relation to her support for Syriza. “We do not agree with their entire programme, specifically their immigration policies. But we would welcome their victory.”

France’s leading anti-immigration party, the FN is also virulently anti-Euro, calling for France to drop the single currency and erect border controls with its European neighbours.

Surfing on a wave of distrust toward European institutions, Le Pen’s party won the most votes in EU parliamentary elections in May, sending an unprecedented 24 members, including Le Pen, to Strasbourg.

Syriza, which opinion polls say is the frontrunner in the January 25 poll, wishes to cancel EU-imposed austerity measures and renegotiate Greece's debt obligations.

However, the group says it would like to see Greece remain in the eurozone.

Jumping on the bandwagon

Le Pen is only the latest member of France’s political opposition to rally behind Syriza, who opinion polls show is on pace to win 33 percent of votes in the snap poll.

A pro-Syriza meeting on Monday in Paris brought together hard left-leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Green party darling Cécile Duflot.

Duflot, a former minister in President François Hollande's cabinet, left her post last year with three of the more leftwing members of  the Socialist-led government.

Both Mélenchon and Duflot's names have been floated as potential candidates in France’s 2017 presidential race.

Le Monde reported that voicing support for Syriza also allowed Le Pen to separate her party from Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, whose members have been accused of violent attacks against immigrants and who have also enjoyed growing support among voters.

Le Pen, who has worked hard to soften her party's image in recent years, told Le Monde that in countries like Spain and Greece, where “there is no equivalent of the National Front, it is the far-left that gets our support”.

Date created : 2015-01-20


    Le Pen says French govt afraid to use word 'Islamist'

    Read more


    Hollande approval rate doubles in wake of Paris terror attacks

    Read more


    Nine terror suspects to remain in French police custody

    Read more