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    Florian Philippot, French far-right Front National (FN) party vice-president and top candidate for the December regional elections in the eastern Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region, delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Kintzheim, eastern France, on December 9, 2015

    French National Front's Ex-VP Joins Eurosceptics in European Parliament

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    Florian Philippot, the former vice president of the French National Front (FN) party, and his allies in the European Parliament have joined the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group, a Eurosceptic faction, whose press service confirmed the move to Sputnik on Wednesday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Philippot founded Les Patriotes (Patriots) association within the FN shortly after the French presidential election, advocating a skeptical stance on the European Union and the eurozone. Le Pen lost to pro-European Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the election, with some party members appearing to link the defeat to the party's hardline position on the euro and bloc membership.

    Previously, Philippot was a member of the Europe of Nations and Freedom faction, which used to be co-chaired by FN leader Marine Le Pen when she was in the European Parliament. Philippot, a proponent of a more radical position on euro, left the FN in September. Le Pen said, following his exit, that her party remained committed to its core principles, one of them being monetary sovereignty. However, she added that the FN had heard the voice of those voters concerned with negative consequences of withdrawal from the eurozone.

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