Thus, she confirmed her statement made in May in an interview with RT France, when she also said that Paris will recognize the legitimacy of the Crimean reunification if she is elected to run the country.
"Given the historical realities, as well as the choice which was clearly expressed during the referendum on accession, I will recognize Crimea as part of Russian territory if elected," Le Pen said.
Le Pen is well known for her support for Russia and criticism of anti-Russian sanctions.
"European sanctions […] are not only contrary to the interests of France, but are also violation of centuries-old tradition of our country, which never followed the will of the others," Le Pen said, adding that relations between Russia and France are very important, especially in terms of resolution of international crises.
In February 2016, Marine Le Pen announced her decision to run for president in the 2017 election, the first round of which is scheduled for April 23. Experts believe that the main struggle in the elections will be between former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former French Prime Minister Alain Juppe.