The two eurosceptic politicians will meet for the first time today as Marine Le Pen continues with her electoral campaign to replace Emmanuel Macron in 2022.
The National Rally leader had so far been ignored by Viktor Orban but the two have become closer allies since the Hungarian Prime Minister’s party left the European People’s Party in the EU Parliament in March.
The two leaders, together with Matteo Salvini in Italy, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and 11 others, signed a declaration in July pledging to create a new far-right group in the European Parliament.
But little progress has been made by the parties since then.
Nonetheless, the eurosceptic allies have often echoed each other on criticism of Brussels, siding with Poland in the latest rule of law row with the EU.
Orban’s government, with its main ally Poland, has clashed with Brussels over media freedoms, rule of law issues and LGBT rights – while stating that Hungary’s interest is to remain a member of a strong European Union.
“Brussels speaks to us and treats us, along with the Poles, as if we were an enemy … well, it is time for them in Brussels to understand that even the communists could not defeat us,” Mr Orban told cheering supporters at a rally on Sunday, who were waving the national flag and held banners with slogans such as “Brussels equals dictatorship.”
The French far-right leader also sided with Poland over the rule of law row with the EU Commission.
After a meeting with the Polish prime minister, Ms Le Pen said: “Honoured to be received today by the head of the Polish government Mateusz Morawiecki.
“We discussed together in particular the unacceptable blackmail exercised by the European Commission on Poland and I wanted to give him my support.”
Mr Orban, who faces a close election race next year, accused Brussels and Washington of trying to meddle in Hungarian politics and called on his supporters to defend the achievements of his nationalist government’s decade in power.
For the first time since he came to power in 2010, Mr Orban will face a united front of opposition parties including the Socialists, liberals and the formerly far-right, now centre-right, Jobbik in 2022 parliamentary elections.
The six-party alliance is led by Peter Marki-Zay, a 49-year-old Catholic conservative, father of seven and small-town mayor who seems to embody the traditional values Orban publicly champions and is seen as a tough challenger.
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Mr Orban told tens of thousands of supporters in central Budapest that Washington and billionaire George Soros were trying to get their people, the Hungarian leftist opposition, elected using their money, media and networks.
“But what matters is not what they in Brussels, in Washington and in the media which is directed from abroad, want.
It will be Hungarians deciding about their own fate,” Orban said on Saturday.
“Our strength is in our unity … we believe in the same values: family, nation, and a strong and independent Hungary.”
At a separate opposition rally Marki-Zay said that if elected, his government would draft a new constitution, clamp down on corruption, introduce the euro and guarantee freedom of the media.
“This regime has become morally untenable … the momentum we have now should take us to April 2022,” he said.