Le Pen said in Moscow that financial aid to her party had "in no way" been discussed during her meeting with Putin.
"I believe that barring parliamentarians from speaking to each other, working together is an infringement of democratic rights", she told Vyacheslav Volodin.
Le Pen called for "strategic and economic cooperation" between France and Russian Federation, saying: "This new world taking shape right before our eyes now is already facing two big, monumental challenges, namely globalism and Islamic fundamentalism".
She made the unsubstantiated claim that Ukrainian soldiers were targeting civilians in Russia-occupied parts of eastern Ukraine in what she called "a war crime".
"The Russians very much like her, and Russian banks have certainly helped her and her father before in financing their political activities", says Smith, adding that she's not the only French politician. "I favor Russia's proper participation in the fight against terrorism", Sputnik cited Le Pen as saying.
Le Pen has visited Moscow on several occasions, enjoying positive Russian state media coverage.
Money aside, Le Pen is also receiving support from Russia's foreign propaganda machine.
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"I can assure you for 100% that we will not be financed from Russian Federation", he said on Friday morning.
Maria Katasonova, a pro-Kremlin political activist who admires Le Pen, dismissed talk about alleged Russian meddling in the French vote as "utterly stupid".
Recent opinion polls in France put Ms Le Pen neck-and-neck in the first round with centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, with Mr Macron winning the run-off.
On Friday, Russian newswire sent out notice that the Kremlin said Russian banks would fund Le Pen, further fanning the speculation.
But given her anti-immigrant views and record of defending French colonialism in Africa, the visit didn't go down well with Chadians.
Putin's bombing campaign in Syria did target civilians and hospitals in support of its strategic ally, the Syrian regime, in what European Union states and the United Nations have judged as war crimes. "A trip to visit the troops...is a traditional thing to build up your commander-in-chief cred", said Martin Michelot, a French election expert at Europeum Research Institute. Macron and Le Pen are the leading contenders in the presidential race.
Vedral said he suspects that a lot of those people don't want to admit they will vote for Le Pen, who is a hardliner against immigration, particularly Muslim immigration. "His foreign policy will be based on this", Kasyanov said.