November 22, 2017
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen accused banks on Wednesday of closing accounts that belong to her and her party, saying she has been the victim of a “banking fatwa” meant to silence her National Front.
The 49-year-old is smarting from defeat in presidential and parliamentary elections this year, during which she already accused French banks of being politically biased for not giving loans to finance her campaigns.
“This is an attempt to suffocate an opposition party and no democrat should accept that,” Le Pen told a news conference, calling on President Emmanuel Macron and other political parties to back the National Front.
The far-right leader, who is struggling with feuding in her party after May’s election loss to Macron, said the National Front would file a complaint against Societe Generale and its subsidiary Credit du Nord. She would also file a complaint against HSBC over closure of a personal account of hers.
This article was posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 8:21 am