French far right: No funds for religious groups

Posted - Mar. 3, 2014 at 8:17 a.m.



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PARIS (AP) - The leader of France's far-right National Front says her party will cut public funds to religious groups in towns where it wins municipal elections this month.

Marine Le Pen's party is on a roll, riding a wave of anti-immigration and anti-Muslim voter sentiment around Europe.

Le Pen told The Associated Press in an interview Monday that secularism will be strictly applied in towns the National Front wins in voting March 23 and 30, and referendums will be held on major issues.

Le Pen praised the recent Swiss decision, in a referendum, to cap immigration, saying countries have an "inalienable right" to control their borders.

A leading euro-skeptic, Le Pen is also looking to boost her party's strength in European Parliament elections in May.

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