French Anti-Immigration Leader Sells HQ to Chinese

Reuters, August 11, 2008

French anti-immigrant party the National Front is selling its historic headquarters to a Chinese university to raise much-needed cash, the veteran far-right party’s leader Jean-Marie Le Pen was quoted as saying on Monday.

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The National Front has had some bank accounts frozen in disputes with creditors, and Le Pen had already auctioned off his bullet-proof car on eBay to raise money before agreeing to part with his old headquarters, nicknamed “the cruiseliner”.

The party had estimated the value of the imposing building, located by the river Seine in a smart Paris suburb, at 15 to 20 million euros ($22-$30 million) but Le Pen did not say how much the Chinese university would pay for it.

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