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French far-right chief talks about terror on Beirut trip

  • Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri, right, meets with far right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, left, at the government palace, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Le Pen has arrived in Beirut to meet with the Lebanese head of state and leading Christian figures. The National Front leader is hoping to burnish her credentials as a defender of Christians in the Middle East, ahead of France's April 23 presidential elections. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri, right, meets with far right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, left, at the government palace, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Le Pen has arrived in Beirut to meet with the Lebanese head of state and leading Christian figures. The National Front leader is hoping to burnish her credentials as a defender of Christians in the Middle East, ahead of France's April 23 presidential elections. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lebanese president Michel Aoun, right, meets with far right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, center left, and French lawmaker Gilbert Collard, left, at the presidential palace, in Baabda east Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Le Pen has arrived in Beirut to meet with the Lebanese head of state and leading Christian figures. The National Front leader is hoping to burnish her credentials as a defender of Christians in the Middle East, ahead of France's April 23 presidential elections. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Lebanese president Michel Aoun, right, meets with far right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, center left, and French lawmaker Gilbert Collard, left, at the presidential palace, in Baabda east Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Le Pen has arrived in Beirut to meet with the Lebanese head of state and leading Christian figures. The National Front leader is hoping to burnish her credentials as a defender of Christians in the Middle East, ahead of France's April 23 presidential elections. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri, right, meets with far right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, center, and French lawmaker Gilbert Collard, left, at the government palace, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Le Pen has arrived in Beirut to meet with the Lebanese head of state and leading Christian figures. The National Front leader is hoping to burnish her credentials as a defender of Christians in the Middle East, ahead of France's April 23 presidential elections. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri, right, meets with far right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, center, and French lawmaker Gilbert Collard, left, at the government palace, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Le Pen has arrived in Beirut to meet with the Lebanese head of state and leading Christian figures. The National Front leader is hoping to burnish her credentials as a defender of Christians in the Middle East, ahead of France's April 23 presidential elections. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has met with the president of Lebanon, saying their two countries should be "pillars" in organizing the fight against Islamic fundamentalism.

After the half-hour meeting on Monday with Michel Aoun, Le Pen said she also discussed the costs of housing refugees.

Le Pen's National Front party claims Muslim immigration to France boosts terror risks, costs jobs and drains the nation's treasury. Le Pen, a leader in opinion polls ahead of the April 23 and May 7 voting, was using her two-day visit to the former French protectorate — and her unusual encounter with a foreign president — to push her top themes.

She was also meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Christian Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rai, among others.