Jean-Marie Le Pen has confirmed that France’s anti-immigrant party, the National Front, is selling its headquarters to a Shanghai university.
Mr Le Pen, 79, has campaigned to become president several times under the slogan ‘Keep France for the French’.
The party has a total debt of some $13.4m, 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.
The National Front’s press service said, quoted by AFP, that ‘a formal sale offer has been signed with a university in Shanghai.’
The unnamed Chinese higher education institution has reportedly paid between $18-22 millionfor the sprawling mansion in the western Paris suburb of Saint Cloud.
The university is reportedly considering turning the building into a French language school.
Source: BBC News