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    France's far-right Front National (FN) party president Marine Le Pen visits Moscow's Red Square before a meeting with Russia's State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin on May 26, 2015

    'Real President Would Lift Anti-Russian Sanctions Now' – Marine Le Pen

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    France is harming itself by sticking to the EU’s sanctions against Russia, far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen told a rally on Saturday.

    "We are acting as fools depriving ourselves of the Russian market by supporting the policy of ill-advised sanctions invented by the EU… A real president of France would have immediately cancelled all these anti-Russian sanctions,” Le Pen said, when addressing a group of supporters in a village in the country’s northeastern Champagne-Ardennes province.

    Russia banned the import of meat, fish, diary, fruit and vegetables from the European Union last summer in response to European economic sanctions imposed on Russia earlier over its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.

    In late June, the European Union extended the sanctions imposed against Russia.

    Moscow, in turn, prolonged the food embargo.

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