Russian steering groups looking at the future of European relations have been set up in the country as it anticipates a win for the controversial Mrs Le Pen in the 2017 French presidential election which will be held in April and May.
Mrs Le Pen, 48, is surging in the polls in France as the country battles with the backdrop of terrorism and a recent outbreak of civil unrest sparked by allegations of horrific police brutality.
With candidate Francois Fillion having tanked in the polls over a cronyism row and Emmanuel Macron tainted by his involvement with Francois Hollande's failed government, Mrs Le Pen has become an unlikely favourite, making her France’s first female President.
Le Pen has the backing of Putin it has been claimed
It will become messy for the EU
Kremlin advisor Fyodor Lukyanov
Now Russia is pinning its hopes on a Le Pen win after she indicated sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine conflict should be lifted.
Now Russian politicians are backing the Front National candidate who borrowed almost £10m from Russia in 2014, amid claims Putin is offering unwavering support.
Fyodor Lukyanov, head of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, which advises the Kremlin told Politico: “Le Pen’s philosophy and anti-globalist vision of the world is pretty similar to many people here.
Marine Le Pen has visited Russia on numerous occasions
“If she wins, it would be the end of European integration and a profound change across the entire system.
"It will become messy for the EU.”
United Russia party employee Maria Katasonova, an ardent supporter of Mrs Le Pen, is predicting a win.
She said: “Putin knew Trump would win. Now we’ll see with Le Pen.
“She’s a Euroskeptic, she supports Russia and she’s just the best candidate.
“It’s hard not to love her.
“We’re on the verge of a new global order.
“Marine will become president."
Marine Le Pen speaks with speaker of the Russia's parliament Sergei Naryshkin in 2013
Mrs Le Pen indicated any future presidency will not involve her supporting a hardline stance on Russia over Ukraine in an interview two weeks ago.
She said: “There was a coup d’etat in Ukraine.
"It’s not just what I think, it’s a reality.
"There was an agreement between different nations and the next day this agreement was broken and some people took power after the referendum.
Putin has a fractious relationship with Hollande
"There was no invasion of Crimea.
“Crimea was Russian, it has always been Russian, it’s not that long ago.
"The people feel Russian, the people decided by great majority that they wanted to belong to Russia so we can't be democratic when it suits us and then reject democracy when we don't like it.
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Marine Le Pen is a French politician who is the president of the National Front, a national-conservative political party in France and one of its main political forces.
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A French politician who is the president of the National Front (FN), a national-conservative political party in France and one of its main political forces.
“These sanctions are completely stupid they have not solved any problems, they haven't improved the situation at all, all they have done is created major economic problems for the EU.
“They are meaningless, maybe we need to step down, wouldn’t we have better peace in the world if we could step back.
"The President of the US, the President of Russia can end the Cold War, no one else.”
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