Efforts by Dutch anti-immigration campaigner Geert Wilders and France's Marine le Pen to form a formal group within the European parliament appear to have failed, so far at least.

So far the PVV and the Front National, which emerged as the biggest party in France after the weekend's European parliamentary elections, have only found three other parties to join forces with.

Extra financial support and speaking time is available for groups made up of at least 27 MEPs from seven different parties.

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