France's National Rally to lead new right-wing group at EU parliament

A day after coming in third place in France's snap legislative elections, Marine Le Pen's far-right National Pally party struck an alliance with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in the EU parliament.

France's National Rally (RN) will lead the European Parliament's third-largest alliance, Patriots for Europe, forged by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the group announced on Monday.

Marine Le Pen's far-right RN joined the alliance in the European Parliament earlier on Monday, a day after it suffered a blow to its ambitions by finishing in third place in elections to the French National Assembly.

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Austria's far-right Freedom Party, Fidesz and the populist Czech ANO party led by Andrej Babis had already agreed to join forces, citing the fight against illegal immigration, as well as transferring more powers from Brussels back to member states as the new alliance's goals.


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