The British government is refusing to speak to far-right French presidential candidate Le Pen
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Lord Llewellyn told MPs that his staff had made contact with the other candidates in the race, but said the government observes a policy of non-engagement with Le Pen's far-right National Front party.He told the Foreign Affairs Select Committee: "With respect to the Front National, we have a policy of not engaging - there is a longstanding policy. That is the policy, which has been the policy for many years."
Le Pen has led extensive efforts to detoxify the far-right party founded by her father, and campaigns on a populist platform of quitting the Euro and slashing immigration. She is widely expected to make the final voting runoff in May, which will pit her against either centre-right François Fillon or left-leaning Emmanuel Macron, or the as-yet unselected socialist candidate.Fillon currently leads the field in terms of voting intention, with Le Pen in second, although tactical voting by moderates could ensure that Le Pen finishes the race in third.
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