Le Pen accuses banks of issuing a credit “fetwa” against Front National

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Marine Le Pen attends a ceremony at the Paris police headquarters in Paris, France, 25 April 2017.

Le Pen accuses banks of issuing a credit “fetwa” against Front National


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Marine Le Pen has accused banks of a “fatwa” against herself and the National Front on Wednesday.

Two major lenders have closed down personal and party accounts, while they are refusing to extend credit card and cheque services.

The 49-year old far-right leader asked from French political parties and President Macron to take a stand against banks that are attempting to “suffocate” democracy. Le Pen has threatened to take legal action against both Societe Generale and HSBC.

No lender has commented on Mrs Le Pen’s accusations, as they are bound by confidentiality terms.

The far-right leader has in the past accused banks of undermining Front National campaigns by refusing credit, making borrowing from Russian sources unavoidable. In March 2017 Marine Le Pen visited the Kremlin and expressed her support lifting sanctions against Russia and the recognition of Crimean annexation. She does not admit there is a link between her position and the fact that her party received campaign loans from the First Czech Russian Bank – to the tune of €11m – in 2014.

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