Le Pen: All Elections are now Referendums on Unfettered (‘sauvage’) Globalisation.
Protest at le Pen Interview.
The BBC reports.
France’s far-right leader has told the BBC that Donald Trump’s victory in the US has boosted her own chances of being elected president next year.
Marine Le Pen, who leads the French National Front (FN), said Mr Trump had “made possible what had previously been presented as impossible”.
She is widely expected to reach the second round of the election in May.
Ms Le Pen also held up Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rule as model of “reasoned protectionism”.
Her Eurosceptic, anti-immigration party took more than 27% of the vote in regional elections last December but did not get control of any region because mainstream parties worked together to defeat it.
Analysts expect other parties to again rally behind her opponent in the presidential ballot, if she does reach the run-off.
These points stuck out from the broadcast interview (available here).
Welcoming Trump’s elections as part of the emergence of a new world replacing the old order Marine Le Pen claimed it was above all the victory of the People against the Elites and a sign of the emergence of new patriotic movements attached the Nation.
Citing the French refusal of a European constitution (2005 European Referendum, 55% of voters rejecting the treaty on a turnout of 69%), and Brexit, in the light of the Trump win, the leader of the Front National asserted that these were signs that all elections were now becoming referendums against unfettered globalisation.
She asserted that Trump’s triumph made her own advance possible.
Le Pen stated that next April and May two round French Presidential election would offer a decisive choice,of ‘civilisation’ (that is, a whole political and cultural model). This would be between ‘multiculturalism’ on the “anglo saxon” model, in which Islamist fundamentalism is growing, inside a ‘region’ administered by technocrats from the EU, or, by contrast, an opportunity to choose for the creation of an independent nation.
This interview was not welcomed by everybody:
Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front, is to appear on the BBC’s ‘Andrew Marr Show’, according to an announcement by the program’s editor – and social media users are not happy about it.
Already facing criticism for airing the interview on Remembrance Sunday, editor of the show Rob Burley along with presenter Marr defended the move.
BBC defends decision to air interview with Marine Le Pen on Remembrance Sunday
Critics said it was ‘inappropriate’ to give Front National’s Le Pen ‘a platform for fascism’.
We note that le Monde refuses to publish Le Pen’s ‘opinion pieces’ but only objective analyses of her actions and ideology ( Prendre Marine Le Pen aux mots; Pourquoi « Le Monde » ne publie pas de tribune de Marine Le Pen mais choisit de décortiquer en détail sa doctrine politique, pour mettre en lumière ses non-dits. October 2016).
The Independent says,
The leader of France’s far right National Front has said there is not a “hair’s breadth” between it and Ukip.
Marine Le Pen said it was “ridiculous” for Nigel Farage and others in Ukip to pretend otherwise.
Pressed on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show about why Ukip refuses to associate itself with the National Front, Ms Le Pen said: “Sorry, no, but objectively, there is, on the topic of immigration and the European Union, there is not a hair’s breadth of difference between what Ukip thinks and what the National Front thinks, let’s be truthful here.
“Maybe Ukip is trying to counter the demonisation they are victim of by saying ‘we are the good guys and the National Front are the bad guys’, they can do so, but I don’t feel obliged to follow this strategy, because, frankly, I feel it’s a little bit ridiculous. “
Ms Le Pen, who has led a number of polls ahead of next spring’s French presidential election, denied that her party is racist, claiming that was a charge from the “elites”.
The far right leader claimed that the rise of nationalism across Europe was not a mirror of the 1930s.
“What doesn’t work is when you impose the same drugs on everyone, when clearly, if you will, the different countries are not suffering from the same disease, or that you want everyone to wear the same suit, but the suit will be too small and too big for everyone, except possibly for Germany, as they tailored it.”
Ms Le Pen predicted her election as French president next year will be the third act of a “global revolution” which has seen Brexit and Donald Trump’s seizure of the White House shake the world.
The National Front lender defended her party borrowing money from Russian banks as she praised Vladimir Putin.
She said his model of politics is “one of reasoned protectionism, looking after the interests of his country, defending his identity”.
Ms Le Pen blamed the EU and US for destabilising Europe and behaving aggressively towards Russia.
Much has been made of Marine Le Pen’s stand on Islam.
Her latest campaign however is against uncontrolled immigration, ‘privileged’ migrants and asylum seekers which clearly resembles said UKIP and its fellow travellers in the British media (Les intox du FN sur les « privilèges » des migrants face aux Français).
No opinion poll gives Marine Le Pen a chance of becoming French President – yet.