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BBC interview with French far-right leader Marine Le Pen sparks Twitterstorm

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front, is to appear on the BBC’s ‘Andrew Marr Show’, according to an announcement by the program’s editor – and social media users are not happy about it.

Already facing criticism for airing the interview on Remembrance Sunday, editor of the show Rob Burley along with presenter Marr defended the move.  

One Twitter user called the interview “a joke” and questioned why of all politicians, Le Pen was chosen.

Marr responded by saying she was an important figure in French politics. “A possible future French president, pro-Trump, Pro-Brexit, pro-Putin, anti-NATO & EU. Nah, why would anyone care?” he tweeted.

Others did not react positively to the BBC’s justification for inviting Le Pen on the show.

Le Pen is known for her controversial views on migrants and Muslims. In December 2015, Le Pen was acquitted on charges of making anti-Muslim hate speech after she compared Muslims praying on the streets to Nazis occupying France.

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