Did we say €9 million? According to a French online investigative journal, it appears that banks with ties to Vladimir Putin inner circle have extended a loan of €40 million to Marine Le Pen’s National Front, with the €9 million being only the first disbursement. EUObserver:
[Mediapart, the investigative journal] notes that its own investigation is corroborated by a member of the Front National’s political bureau.“The first tranche was paid on a loan of €40 million … the tranche of €9 million has arrived, 31 others will follow,” the source said.It also cites Bernard Monot, a National Front MEP, who told Mediapart: “We expressed, for sure, a need for comprehensive financing in our discussions with the bank … Our potential need until the [French] presidential and legislative elections [due in 2017] is €45 million”.“We’re getting there step by step. We’re refining it as we go … We are on a long-term financial package”.
While it is certainly true that the euroskeptic parties are being given plenty of kindling by the feckless eurocrats in Brussels, no one should forget what forces ultimately benefit from a failed European project.