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New Northern League chief courts Le Pen's Front National

Salvini 'interested and willing to cooperate'

11 December, 15:22
New Northern League chief courts Le Pen's Front National (ANSA) - Strasbourg, December 11 - Matteo Salvini, the new leader of Italy's Northern League, said Wednesday that he wanted to cooperate with Marine Le Pen's far-right Front National party in France.

The Northern League, which campaigns for greater autonomy for Italy's wealthier northern regions, shares the Front National's Euroskepticism and the French party's hardline stances on migrants.

"I'm interested and willing to cooperate with Marine Le Pen," Salvini told ANSA.

The 40-year-old MEP beat Northern League founder Umberto Bossi in a vote of party supporters at the weekend to become the League's new leader.

Bossi was trying to take back the leadership of the party after stepping down as secretary last year, having been implicated in a corruption probe. Salvini replaced Lombardy Governor Roberto Maroni.

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