Leader of Front National comes to Quebec for week-long trip
In this Dec.13, 2015 file photo, Far Right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen leaves after the results of the second round of the regional elections in Henin-Beaumont, northern France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
Published Friday, March 18, 2016 2:07PM EDT
The leader of France's far-right party arrives in Quebec Friday for a week-long trip.
Marine Le Pen, the leader of the Front National, is visiting Montreal, Quebec City, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon over the next seven days.
She'll be holding multiple news conferences but is not officially meeting with any local politicians during her trip.
Premier Philippe Couillard, PQ leader Pierre Karl Peladeau, CAQ leader Francois Legault, and federal leaders have all refused to meet her.
Le Pen's party is known for its anti-immigration stance, its denunciation of Europe's open borders, and for calling Islam a "corrupting influence" on French civilization.
The party has gained in popularity since Le Pen took over from her father and scaled back the party's anti-Semitic image.