Le Pen and Orban forces unite in EU parliament forming new far-right bloc

Marine Le Pen's National Rally formed an alliance with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's political group in the European Parliament on Monday, establishing a new far-right faction. This move came just one day after Le Pen's party experienced an unexpected setback in French legislative elections.

Jordan Bardella, the 28-year-old leader of Marine Le Pen's National Rally (RN) party, will head the newly formed Patriots for Europe group in the European Parliament, as announced by French MEP Jean-Paul Garraud at the group's Brussels launch.

The new faction, comprising 84 members from 12 countries with the RN contributing the largest share of 30 MEPs, now surpasses Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's far-right bloc to become the third-largest group in the European Parliament.

Kinga Gal, a member of Viktor Orban's Fidesz party and the group's first vice-president, outlined their objectives to the press: "We aim to reshape EU policymaking, preserve Europe's Indo-Christian heritage, strengthen external border protection, and promote a robust, competitive Europe."

The founding of the Patriots for Europe was announced at a press conference in Vienna in late June 2024 by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (Fidesz), former Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO 2011), and former Austrian Minister of the Interior Herbert Kickl and MEP Harald Vilimsky (both Freedom Party of Austria).

(With newswires)

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