Le Pen vows far-right European parliament group by year end
Published on Jun 25, 2014 8:01 PM
PARIS (AFP) - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen vowed Wednesday to form a eurosceptic bloc in the European parliament by year end after her National Front party and its allies failed to do so this week.
Parties had until Tuesday to file requests to be considered a group in the European parliament following last month's elections that saw eurosceptic parties make significant gains across the continent.
At least 25 MEPs from seven EU nations are required under European Union rules to be considered a group - which provides extra EU financing and other advantages - and Le Pen and her allies fell one nationality short.
She told France Info radio that a decision not to ally with a Polish party - which torpedoed the far-right's chance to form a eurosceptic bloc - was a short-term "sacrifice".
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