No ties with Orban, Le Pen - Di Maio

Fico says M5S will never sit with Le Pen

(ANSA) - Rome, October 9 - Deputy Premier and Labour and Industry Minister Luigi Di Maio said Tuesday that his 5-Star Movement (M5S) will not be making alliances at the European level with rightwing figures such as Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban or French National Rally party leader Marine Le Pen.
    He was speaking after fellow Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, the leader of the M5S's government coalition partners, the League, attended an event with Le Pen in Rome on Monday ahead of next year's European elections. "Orban and Le Pen have nothing to do with us," Di Maio said.
    "We are neither a rightwing, nor a leftwing group.
    "Orban and Le Pen are rightwing and they are the League's partners, not ours".
    Lower House Speaker and M5S bigwig Roberto Fico echoed those comments, saying the M5S would never sit with Le Pen.