Putin backs Le Pen in French vote B

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moscow» Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin made his pref­er­ences in the French pres­i­den­tial elec­tion clear Fri­day by host­ing far-right can­di­date Ma­rine Le Pen at the Krem­lin, but an­a­lysts are skep­ti­cal about Russia’s abil­ity to sway the out­come of the vote.

Em­brac­ing Le Pen is part of Russia’s ef­forts to reach out to na­tion­al­ist and anti-glob­al­ist forces to build up its in­flu­ence in the West and help over­come the strains in re­la­tions with the U.S. and the Euro­pean Union.

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