french far-right leader and presidential confident Marine les Pen nous Monday met à la the first time with a étranger head du state, hold talks v Lebanese President michel Aoun in the capital of Beirut.

ns Pen, that is trying venir establish internationale credentials as part of her current bid pour the Elysée Palace, to be also rencontre business and religious leaders during thé two-day visit to auto Middle east nation.

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"We discussed the long et fruitful friendship between our two countries," the national Front (FN) dirigeants said after meeting Aoun at thé presidential palace in auto hilltop suburb du Baabda.


She stated they likewise discussed thé refugee dilemm in Lebanon, where much more than one million war-weary Syrians ont fled in current years.

"We raised... The concerns conditions météorologiques share over the very serious refugee crisis," elle said. "These obstacles are being overcome de the courage et generosity ns Lebanon but this cannot go on forever."

Opinion polls démontrer that ns Pen is conditions météorologiques pace venir win the tons round du France"s presidential election nous April 23, marqué that she will be beaten in auto run-off ballot on may 7.

Word du caution

The leader of the anti-immigration FN party also endroit Lebanese componter Minister Saad Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, that cautioned against associating his religieux with jihadists who have repeatedly target France.

"The worst mistake would be auto amalgam between Islam et Muslims conditions météorologiques one hand et terrorism nous the divers hand," Hariri said, in a explain issued by his office.

"The Lebanese et Arabs, like auto majority ns the world, consider la france to be the homeland of human rights et of the republican state that makes non ethnic, religious or class délimitations between its citizens," cette said.

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Le stylo said she told Hariri the there is "no viable and workable solution" to thé Syrian poli war past choosing between President Bashar al-Assad et Islamic State group.

"I plainly explained the in auto political picture the least bad option is thé politically realistic. Cette appears the Bashar al-Assad is evidently today auto most reassuring solution à la France," elle said.

On Tuesday, ns Pen is to meet Lebanon"s grand mufti, the dirigeants of its Sunni community, auto Maronite le christianisme patriarch et rightist christian party dirigeants Samir Geagea.

Closed doors

France had mandate power over both Lebanon and Syria during the life half of the 20th century, et Jean-Marie le Pen – Marine’s dad - cultivated ties through Lebanese Christians à la many years as head de the FN.

Rival presidential hopeful and former french economy minister Emmanuel macron visited Beirut in January, where hey also mettre both Aoun and Hariri.

Le stylo has endroit few top étranger officials because taking control of the FN in 2011. German Chancellor Angela mimer has refused venir meet v her.

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Spanish compton Minister Mariano Rajoy told malade last la semaine that "a victory du the populists would be auto end de Europe", a clear recommendation to ns Pen"s appel for a referendum nous France"s dériver membership.