The leader of France's far-right National Rally party said Wednesday that France was becoming an authoritarian country and wagered that Hungary was more democratic.
Marine Le Pen made her comments in response to raids ordered by the Paris public prosecutor's office on the headquarters of left-wing party La France Insoumise (Unbowed France) and the private residences of some of its high-ranking members, including that of its leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
"Our country is becoming an authoritarian country," Le Pen said during an interview with French broadcaster LCI in which she denounced similar investigations launched by the Paris prosecutor against other opposition parties, among them her RN (formerly the Front National), over alleged misappropriation of European funds.
Le Pen said the Hungary of Prime Minister Victor Orban was "a lot more democratic" than President Emmanuel Macron's France because in France prosecutors carried out raids to access opposition leaders' computers and phones "on the orders of the political power."
Raids have been carried out against the RN party within the context of an investigation launched to determine if its assistants to its members of the European Parliament involved the misappropriation of European funds.
"All political parties have parliamentary assistants with political tasks," Le Pen said.
The RN leader said if justice only focused on certain political formations it was due to an "intimidation process" on the part of the government which meant "we are in an outright violation of the separation of powers."