To resolve her funding problems, Marine Le Pen has chosen to openly challenge the President of the Republic.
In a letter, she alerts Emmanuel Macron to the funding difficulties and asks Parliament to "open" new funding possibilities.
"A good number of potential candidates for the presidential election, certain representatives of the important currents of thought, find themselves confronted with a virtual impossibility of finding financing" from the banks, writes the candidate for the Elisha in a letter to the president of the Republic dated September 2, obtained Thursday after its publication by the weekly Challenges.
"The possibilities of financing electoral campaigns have been singularly reduced, so the candidates can no longer even call on citizens' loans to finance their presidential campaign", notes Marine Le Pen.
Enable healthy democratic debate
“The counterpart was the creation of a bank for democracy”, an idea supported by the High Commissioner for Planning and Emmanuel Macron's ally, François Bayrou, which “did not see the light of day, but the restrictions are , still in force, ”she laments.
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In this case, since a modification in 2001 of the law of 1962, a presidential candidate cannot contract a loan from an individual, according to the CNCCFP (campaign accounts commission).
Moreover, since the law “for confidence in political life” of 2017, he cannot borrow money from non-European banks, nor from private companies, but can borrow from political parties.
To remedy these difficulties, Marine Le Pen asks Emmanuel Macron to "seize Parliament very quickly in order to open up new funding possibilities for electoral campaigns and thus allow a healthy democratic debate".
The party of Marine Le Pen, the National Rally, very indebted, has difficulty in obtaining financing from the banks.
For the 2017 presidential campaign, he had in particular used a Russian loan of 9 million euros contracted in 2014, which he is still in the process of repaying.
The RN had also borrowed 6 million euros from the Cotelec micro-party of Jean-Marie Le Pen, and 8 million euros from a businessman with a strong presence in Africa, Laurent Foucher.
The party then re-lends these sums to the candidate.