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BBC NEWS | Europe | Le Pen sells party HQ to Chinese

France's anti-immigrant party, the National Front, is selling its headquarters to a Chinese university, according to the party leader.

Jean-Marie Le Pen has confirmed that the party base has been purchased by a Shanghai university.

Mr Le Pen, 79, has campaigned to become president several times under the slogan "Keep France for the French".

But his party faces growing financial difficulties. It has already sold its bullet-proof car on eBay.

The party has a total debt of some 9m euros ($13.4m; £7m), according to French newspaper Le Monde, partly due to a poor showing in the 2007 legislative elections which meant it had to cover its own campaign costs.

by Fran on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 03:20:22 PM EST
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This is beautiful in a way.
by paving on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 04:39:51 PM EST
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In a way only, unfortunately, since it came about by Sarkozy taking over Le Pen's voter base.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 01:34:55 AM EST
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His voter base and his policies, indeed.

But I think the beauty referred to was not so much the sale as the sale to Chinese people, ie foreigners who look distinctly non-European.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 07:41:58 AM EST
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