France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen visits Chad

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France's National Front can not obtain loans from national banks but does not receive any funding from Russian Federation, the political party's leader and presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen told Europe 1 radio station on Monday.

Le Pen has said for months that if elected she would not abruptly withdraw from the euro but instead hold a referendum after six months of negotiation with the rest of the European Union on a range of issues including leaving the border-free Schengen agreement and reducing the European Union to a loose cooperative of nations.

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen has urged the worldwide community to lift sanctions placed on Russian Federation after its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

On Sunday she told the rally she would seek to replace the European Union by "another Europe", which she called "the Europe of the people", based on a loose cooperative of nations.

Le Pen is polling to reach the runoff in France's presidential election on May 7 but is predicted to lose to independent centrist Emmanuel Macron.

There was no mention, either from Le Pen, or from the Kremlin, of the prospect of getting more money to finance her party's election campaign.

"I don't want chaos". In December, after Fillon's primary victory, reports surfaced that Russia's Deposit Insurance Agency had told Le Pen's Front National to repay a 9 million euro ($10 million) loan it had received from First Czech-Russian Bank (which has since been dissolved).

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Iraqi forces are fighting Daesh in Iraqi city of Mosul , where some 2,000 fighters are launching fierce counterattacks. The visit comes several days after a reported US-led airstrike left over 230 civilians dead in western Mosul .

The Front National leader also launched attacks against her main opponents in her speech.

Mr Putin added that Ms Le Pen represented a range of political forces that was gaining momentum.

Other French voters, however, may be put off by her association with a leader widely seen in the west as autocratic.

She said if elected, one of her first steps would be to think about lifting sanctions, provided Moscow lifted its own restrictions on imports of some European food.

The plane carrying Ms Le Pen to Chad departed only a few hours after she took part in a live presidential debate on French TV where she reasserted that fighting Islamist fundamentalist networks would be her priority as president.

Gleb Pavlovsky, a political strategist who consulted for Kremlin in the past, said the coverage of the French campaign by Russian television stations reflects Putin's view that nationalist forces will increasingly shape the global agenda.