Marine Le Pen has said there’s not a ‘hair’s breadth’ between her policies and UKIP

French National Front Leader Marine Le Pen

The leader of France’s far right National Front, Marine Le Pen, has said it’s “ridiculous” for Nigel Farage and others in UKIP to pretend their policies differ.

Le Pen’s appearance on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show has been controversial; many believing that it was inappropriate to show on Remembrance Day, and that her views shouldn’t be given a platform.

Le Pen, who has led a number of polls ahead of next spring’s French presidential election, denied that her party is racist, claiming that was a charge from the “elites”. She also claimed that the rise of nationalism across Europe was not a mirror of the 1930s.

Le Pen predicted her election as French president next year will be the third act of a “global revolution” which has seen Brexit and Donald Trump’s success in the US election shake the world.

Suzanne Evans, who is running to be UKIP leader, distanced her party from Le Pen. Speaking on ITV’s Peston On Sunday, Evans said: “I was appalled, she said France is full, we don’t want any more immigrants. That is so far away from Ukip policy, it is unimaginable.

“Our immigration policy is the same as Australia’s – we want to welcome people in who can contribute to the country and we want to have a points-based system of immigration that is fair and treats all people equally. We are miles away from Le Pen.”

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