Marine le Pen.
Le Pen is expected to reach the second round of the French presidential elections next May. Credit: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP

Marine Le Pen critical of Sweden Democrats

France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen has criticised the Sweden Democrats for how they broke off cooperation with her National Front party in the European Parliament in 2014.

The Sweden Democrats had been part of the European Alliance for Freedom group with Le Pen’s party, but left to join Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy, a group which includes the UK Independence Party (UKIP).

“For me it is still a very big question mark,” Le Pen told Dagens Nyheter. “We had a great relationship with the Sweden Democrats.”

“We were invited to Sweden, and we had very good contact with their leader (Jimmie Åkesson).”

Le Pen, who says her hopes of winning the French presidency next year were boosted by Donald Trump’s victory in the US elections, said it was “incomprehensible” that the Sweden Democrats would rather be aligned with UKIP than her party.

Sweden Democrat MEP Peter Lundgren said the party was satisfied with being part of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group, TT news agency reported.

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