US lawmaker Paul to meet French far-right leader
Republican Representative and presidential hopeful Ron Paul aims to meet with the head of France's far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, during her upcoming US visit, his office said Wednesday.
"Madame Le Pen has requested a meeting and Congressman Paul has agreed to a meeting, if he is in town, and as of today it looks like he will be," Paul's communications director, Rachel Mills, told AFP by email.
"Congressman Paul is also open to meeting with any of the other candidates, it should be noted," she said, referring to France's 2012 presidential race.
Marine Le Pen is seen as a fresh new face for the anti-immigrant party founded by her father and erstwhile presidential candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen. The National Front's opponents have branded the party racist.
In mid-September, she said would travel to the United States in early November and hoped to meet key officials tied to the archconservative "Tea Party" movement to discuss the global economic crisis.
"There will be Republicans, I hope there will be Democrats, because I want to meet with everyone," she said.
Le Pen specifically cited hopes of meeting Ron Paul, calling him "a great defender of an international monetary system anchored on the gold standard."
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