French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, visiting Budapest on Tuesday, accused the EU of “ideological brutality” and expressed support for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
“Hungary in 2021, under your leadership, is once again at the forefront of the fight for peoples’ freedom,” the French presidential candidate said at a joint press conference with Orban.
“In this month of October, the moment and the circumstances can only make us think with fondness of the heroes of the 1956 uprising,” she said, referring to the revolt against the Soviet-backed Communist regime. in Hungary.
Le Pen praised Orban’s “courage” and “determination” and promised that if she is elected president next year, France will support a “reorientation” of the European Union “whose ideological brutality threatens the very idea of sovereignty “.
The far-right French leader has refused to criticize a Hungarian anti-LGBT law which is at the center of a legal dispute with Brussels.
She also rejected the idea that EU law should have any primacy over national laws.
The Constitutional Court of Poland, another EU member, this month challenged the primacy of EU law over Polish law by declaring several articles of the EU treaties “incompatible” with the constitution of the EU. country.
Hungary supported the Polish decision, urging the bloc to respect the sovereignty of the members.
Le Pen spoke on Tuesday of a “centralized Brussels power intoxicated with its own existence, its power and its omnipotence”.
EU sanctions threats against Budapest and Warsaw “are exceptionally violent,” she added.