May 'good at getting it wrong', says Le Pen

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Moreover, Le Pen claimed to have been snubbed by the British prime minister, Theresa May, who did not meet with her, citing a government policy not to deal with the Front National.

Highly controversial Le Pen, who has been forced to deny her National Front party is racist, told anti-EU Farage the decision to host Macron was inconsistent with May's own stance on delivering Brexit and reducing immigration to Britain. She also insisted that no British immigrants living in France would face persecution, though she said that French people would have priority when it came to jobs.

"When people live on our territory and are not criminals, if they don't dispute our laws, our ways of living, our customs, our values and so on, I see no reason why we should not continue to welcome them in the French style".

Le Pen's father, a co-founder of the party, was a fierce anti-Semitist and had faced convictions over his description of Holocaust as a "detail of history".

That prospect is worrying Brits living in France who fear the double whammy of Britain leaving the European Union and nationalist Le Pen, who once said she wanted to "explode the EU", taking charge in France.

"The structure of the French presidential election also creates additional obstacles to any far-right victory in France".

Farage praised le Pen, saying she had a connection to the French people and asked her why she felt she was the best candidate in the field. "We are old allies and economically speaking as well, we have a great many exchanges to implement", she said.

She continued: "I believe that between two nations such as ours that really go back and that would be free if I am elected; both would be free and we would have excellent relations as well as trade relations of very good quality, as in the past".

The former Ukip leader interviewed the French presidential hopeful for radio station LBC in a chat which covered Theresa May and Brexit.

But Farage appears to have softened his stance with images showing him smiling and joking with Le Pen as he interviewed her for his United Kingdom radio show.

"I find it hard to understand the consistency of the ideas and convictions in this approach of hers because Mr Macron is of course the key salesperson of globalization".

"I do not understand this inconsistency, this contradiction".

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