Anton Shekhovtsov: Front National’s Aymeric Chauprade denies his links to Belgian neo-Nazis
I have been informed that Aymeric Chauprade, one of the top members of the French radical right-wing populist National Front and Marine Le Pen‘s advisor on international issues, now denies that he was invited to “observe” the illegal Crimean “referendum” by the Eurasian Observatory for Democracy & Elections (EODE) headed by a Belgian neo-Nazi Luc Michel.
Why would Chauprade deny this? The answer is obvious: the French National Front tries to distance itself from the extreme right and neo-Nazism, while Marine Le Pen has long been trying to present her party as non-extremist. Chauprade‘s visit to the illegitimate Crimean “referendum” on the invitation from the EODE undermines the National Front‘s “moderated, respectable image” in the run-up to the elections to the European Parliament.
Let us look at the reports on the “referendum” in the media: