Revealed: the Le Pens' third Russian loan

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Mediapart has already revealed how France's Front National received a direct loan of 9 million euros from the First Czech Russian Bank, while Jean-Marie Le Pen's election funding association borrowed 2 million euros to Vernonsia Holdings Ltd. Now in an interview with Mediapart the party's founder and honorary life president has confirmed the existence of a third Russian loan to the far-right movement. Le Pen also said that his funding association had borrowed a total of “20 million euros”. Karl Laske and Marine Turchi report.

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The far-right Front National (FN) has received a third loan from a Russian lender, Mediapart can reveal. The party's founder and honorary life president Jean-Marie Le Pen has confirmed the existence of the additional borrowing by his so-called micro-party – an association whose role is to fund FN candidates in elections – without disclosing the exact source or the sum involved.