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US Must Complete Russia Probe Before French Elections

| by Shani Shahmoon

Russia can't keep its dirty paws off western elections.

Russia's infamous president, Vladimir Putin, has been suffering under sanctions implemented by a number of countries as a result of multiple controversial actions. He has taken it upon himself to prey on democratic electoral systems in order to ensure the election of pro-Russia leaders in order to revamp his crumbling empire, France 24 reports.

When he learned of the radical platforms of France's alt-right presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, it was love-at-first-sight.

After Le Pen's multiple visits to Moscow, loaning money from a Russian bank and her recent secret visit with Putin in Moscow, word has spread that Russia's interest in the French elections has gone beyond a distant adoration, and has blossomed into a full-blown, and undeniably colossal, relationship.

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Russia began inching its way into French politics as recent as last month, reported the International Business Times.

The French government warned Russia to back off after signs of an online hacking campaign against France's centrist, pro-Europe candidate, Emmanuel Marcon, who is predicted to win the election.

As America suffers under the leadership of recently-elected President Donald Trump, investigations are underway on the matter of Russian meddling in the United States' election that brought him to power last November.

America is allegedly a victim to Russian interference, as FBI investigations are underway, France 24 reports.

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In order to slow down and prevent promotion and spread of Russian values, such as funding President Bashar al-Assad's murderous rampage in Syria and supporting Russia's invasion of Crimea, America must prioritize this current investigation on Russia.

Proof of illegal Russian influence will stifle future electoral interference that might result in bringing nationalistic and radical leaders that favor Putin's crazy policies into power, such as Le Pen of France.

The sooner the investigation comes to a close and reveals the truth, the better it will be for the entire world.

Much like Trump, Le Pen's platforms further fuel Russian investment in her election. According to USA Today, she has anti-immigration and anti-EU ideals. Her basis for such extreme views is to combat radical Islamic terrorism, and revamp the French economy by lifting sanctions. She has promised to repeal sanctions on Moscow, recognize Crimea as a part of Russia and enhance security ties between France and Russia.

All of which sounds far too good for Putin, and far too terrible for the Syrian and Crimean people who are suffering due to Putin's policies.

Not to mention the Americans who, due to the potential meddling of Russia in the elections, have a president whose recent executive order repealed all environmental efforts to ensure the world remains functioning for the generations to come.

In an interview with the American Foreign Press, Le Pen praised a "new vision" that has been presented by leaders such as Putin.

"A new world has emerged in the past years. This is Vladimir Putin's world, Donald Trump's world in the United States, Mr. [Narendra] Modi's world in India," Le Pen said.

Unfortunately for Le Pen (and for Americans), according to Gallup, America's president hit a record-setting low for approval ratings on March 27, at 36 percent.

So I'm not so sure if Trump's "new vision" is going to pan out as he had planned. And neither will Le Pen's.

Sources: France 24 (2), International Business Times, USA Today, Gallup / Photo credit: RFI

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