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Marine Le Pen “Tackled” by Philippe Poutou, Nouveau Parti Anti-Capitaliste.

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Poster Boy.

The surprise event during last night’s French Presidential Debate (11 candidates) was Philippe Poutou, of the Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste (NPA)  landed some hard hitting blows on Marine Le Pen.

After refusing the ‘family photo’ with the other candidates, he had begun by attacking the corruption scandals enveloping the right-wing candidate, François Fillon, “Fillon, plus on fouille, plus on sent la corruption, plus on sent la triche,”, they more you dig the more you smell the corruption, and trickery.

Then Poutou went onto Marine Le Pen.

He began by recalling her most recent difficulties with the law, over  charges that the far-right leader had misused public and EU funds for her personal campaigns (see:  Marine Le Pen’s party under investigation for fraud).

The car worker commented, ” Le FN se dit anti-système, mais se protège grâce aux lois du système avec son immunité parlementaire et refuse d’aller aux convocations policières, donc, peinard ! ” The FN says it’s against ‘the system’, but protects itself with Parliamentary immunity and they refuse to respond to Police calls for interviews.

After pointing out that ‘on’, the workers, do not have Parliamentary immunity, Poutou then reminded the audience, in a political atmosphere where candidates evoke nationality above all else,  that he was talking everybody who lives in France, including ‘foreigners’, and not just the “French”.


In place of nationalism Poutou talked of class consciousness,

The Nouveau parti anticapitaliste’s candidate has made a great impression, with the media calling the debate the “Poutou show”. Many well-wishers expressed their solidarity, and even those on the left who are not supporters of the NPA or his electoral campaign overjoyed that he tackled Le Pen front on.

More on the debate:  « Nous, on n’a pas d’immunité ouvrière » : Poutou et Arthaud à l’offensive sur les affaires. Le Monde.

Guardian:  French election: factory worker Philippe Poutou emerges as star of TV debate.

Le Parisien reports,

Le candidat du Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste (NPA) a une nouvelle fois marqué les esprits mardi soir, en cassant tous les codes établis lors du deuxième débat de la présidentielle.

Détendu, impertinent, anticonformiste et très direct. C’est un véritable show que Philippe Poutou, connu pour son franc parler et son côté «Monsieur tout-le-monde», a livré mardi soir sur le plateau du «Grand Débat» de la présidentielle. Du début à la fin, le «petit candidat» a détonné.

The candidate of the Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste (NPA) had, again, made his mark on Tuesday evening, by breaking all the rules during the second Presidential debate.

Relaxed, cheeky, nonconformist and frank, Philippe Poutou, known for his direct talking and his Man in the Street style, began and ended by making waves on the studio set. It was a real extravaganza.

Both Potou and the far-left  Nathalie Arthaud [candidate of Lutte ouvrière]  are at below 1% in the opinion polls.


Written by Andrew Coates

April 5, 2017 at 12:48 pm

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  1. According to an entertaining report in The Spectator on this incredibly long debate, when asked how he would tackle terrorism he answered: “disarm the police”!

    Chris Carter

    April 6, 2017 at 7:58 am

  2. That reference aside he did talk about a genuine problem.

    He was referring to the fact that the French police, unlike the British police, are armed all the time and trigger happy.

    Andrew Coates

    April 6, 2017 at 1:14 pm

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