Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

What next for Marine Le Pen's National Front? [France Has A Growing Right Wing!]
BBC ^ | 4/24/12 | By Hugh Schofield

Posted on 04/24/2012 6:22:30 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

The success of the far-right National Front (FN) in France's presidential election is both new and not new; and it is important to analyse precisely its political and social implications.

What is not new - at least not remarkably so - is the size of Marine Le Pen's vote.

Ms Le Pen polled 6.4 million votes in Sunday's first round, or 17.9% of the total. In 2002 her father Jean-Marie got 16.86% of the vote: 4.8 million overall.

But to make a proper comparison, one should add to that the score of the other far-right candidate in 2002 Bruno Megret, who got 660,000 (2.3%).

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: france
Maybe we ought to learn to speak French....
1 posted on 04/24/2012 6:22:34 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

Let’s hope all of her voters now vote for Sarkozy in the run-off

2 posted on 04/24/2012 6:27:37 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

To the Communist fags at the far Left BBC, is there any other kind of “Right”, except “Far Right”?

3 posted on 04/24/2012 6:29:58 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

The analysis that says Le Pen’s votes are not newsworthy is a bit off. She did much better than the polls indicated before the election.

4 posted on 04/24/2012 6:32:30 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

Le Pen is *not* a right-winger, at least not in any way we Freepers would like to be associated with. She and her father are socialists. They’re just nationalist socialists. You know what you call a nationalist socialist, don’t you?

France does have an immigrant problem, in that their immigrants aren’t moving to France because they love France, but because they want to destroy France, and remake it in their Islamofascist image. But fighting a fascist death cult with nationalist socialism isn’t the answer. Sarkozy’s answer (restrict immigration, insist on inculturation of immigrants, liberalize France’s oppressive economic structures) is the better way.

5 posted on 04/24/2012 6:32:47 AM PDT by dangus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper
France Has A Growing Right Wing!

I don't think so. National Socialists maybe.

There's not much to be found outside the USA being dedicated to limited and smaller government, importance of the individual, our type of Constitutional Rights.

6 posted on 04/24/2012 6:37:30 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper


It bears no relationship to conservatism does it?

7 posted on 04/24/2012 6:47:56 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dangus

I was unaware....she is anti-capitalist? From what I read, she wanted secure borders....thanks for the education. :)

8 posted on 04/24/2012 6:53:19 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

I don't think so. National Socialists maybe.

Bingo. I think the pitch goes something like "let's toss all the Muzzie scum out of the country in order to restore a more dignified level of social benefits for true Frenchmen".

9 posted on 04/24/2012 7:02:02 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: dangus
"their immigrants aren’t moving to France because they love France, but because they want to destroy France, and remake it in their Islamofascist image."

Your telling me, my Wife’s family immigrated to France to find a better and peaceful life. But sadly they brought their Muslim Contempt for French Culture with them and have created in France very thing they were Fleeing the West Bank.

Le Pen is the Ron Paul of France, she doesn't sound so bad at first, but then the Kookiness starts to come out.

Deep down her and her father have a very disturbing Anti-Semitic streak.

10 posted on 04/24/2012 7:02:59 AM PDT by KC_Lion (I will NEVER vote for Romney, the GOP will go the way of the Whigs if they nominate him)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Cincinna

Need To get the Truth out about Marine Le Pen Ping!

11 posted on 04/24/2012 7:06:24 AM PDT by KC_Lion (I will NEVER vote for Romney, the GOP will go the way of the Whigs if they nominate him)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KC_Lion

She’s a Holocaust denier from what I’ve read, but as with all things media-driven, take it with a grain of salt.

12 posted on 04/24/2012 7:33:58 AM PDT by Amberdawn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: dangus; All

Read up up on this. Marine distances herself from these. What is “mainstream” in France we think of as socialism. What is “far right” in France we think of as free markets.

Any free market capitalist who is a strong nationalist (anti-European union, anti-globalist) in France is branded as a raving “far-right” loon.

I think as time goes on we see racism and anti-semitism being called out for what it is. Where older generations have tolerated it more, I think most conservatives nowadays are distancing themselves from those who claim to be “conservative” but continue to harbor racist sentiment.

Whenever I read about the details of FN and other right-wing parties in France, and I get beyond the labels thrown at them by liberal/socialist commentators, I see this bearing out to be true.

The big bureaucratic state machinery paints everyone who opposes it with the broad brush of nazism. To anyone who is truly conservative in the American sense, any racial prejudices are contradictory to their most fundamental values. IMHO, there are many Europeans you would be very surprised to find out how much you agree with their perspective. Look at the Gaullists; being very opposed to having foreign troops on French soil not under French command. Well, well, well, how would an American feel about foreign troops on our soil not under American command ? IMHO, if America exclusively and extensively worked with conservatives in every nation and helped a shift towards national sovereignty and responsibility for all nations, we’d be doing much better for America.

13 posted on 04/24/2012 7:48:13 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: dangus
Yeah, perhaps, but they have nice graphics that some day might be applicable to the situation in the USA:

14 posted on 04/24/2012 7:49:56 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Study closely socialist Hugo Chavez' usage of 'popular masses' in the streets to thwart 1992 coup)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper


15 posted on 04/24/2012 7:50:37 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: PieterCasparzen

No. What is “far right” in the European press is Naziism, despite the fact that Naziism is socialist. The European press calls what we call “conservative,” “economically liberal.” FN is a socialist party. Le Pen, pere et soeur, support nationalization of energy, banking, transportation (including airline and manufacturing), and education. And in education, it is vital to note the distinction between government-supported options (like in the U.S.), and nationalization (like in Nazi Germany).

I understand FN under Le Pen is no longer the communist organization it once was, and I’d be interested to know whether after the Muslims targeted Catholic schools for destruction, whether Le Pen concurs with those Islamofacsist mobs that Catholic schools must be eradicated. So if you have anything to share about recent shifts in Le Pen’s positions, please share. (I have little to go besides Wikipedia discussions and leads.)

16 posted on 04/24/2012 7:56:56 AM PDT by dangus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: PieterCasparzen

... I should note that Marine Le Pen’s economic statism is populist, unlike America’s which is corporatist. In America, corporations use the state to protect their market sure and ensure profitability. Le Pen’s proposals are more about old-fashioned redistributism, such as complaining that corporate tax rates are regressive.

However, communists always use populism to obtain power.

17 posted on 04/24/2012 8:01:16 AM PDT by dangus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: dangus

Of course, with politicians and political groups, stated positions can change and they can also differ from actions. So I can’t help but shy away from making absolute statements on particulars.

I did find this...

Davies, P. (2010), The Front National and Catholicism: from intégrisme to Joan of Arc and Clovis. Religion Compass, 4: 576–587. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-8171.2010.00237.x

at Wiley.


The relationship between the Front National and religion has never been straightforward. Jean-Marie Le Pen, the party’s leader, comes from a Catholic background, and many of his policies are rooted in traditional Catholic teaching. The FN’s interpretation of French history is based around religion and its main political icons – Joan of Arc and Clovis, for example – are chosen precisely because of their heroism and Catholic-ness. In fact, the FN is the latest in a long line of far-right movements to position themselves close to the Church. But the situation is complicated by the fact that the party is loyal to the Latin Mass and for many years was dominated by an ‘integrist’ or ‘fundamentalist’ faction. Electoral data also suggest that for all its ‘Catholic values’, the FN is not that popular with regular churchgoers. In summary, the FN is an interesting movement with a curious relationship to Catholicism and the Catholic Church.

Here’s the link...

Now that you mention wikipedia, yes, I take it with a grain of salt, etc. (let’s get that out of the way), that being said, it had an interesting tidbit on Jean-Marie Le Pen...

“Le Pen focuses on immigration to France, the European Union, traditional culture, law and order and France’s high rate of unemployment. He advocates immigration restrictions, the death penalty, raising incentives for homemakers,[1] and euroscepticism. He strongly opposes same-sex marriage, euthanasia, and abortion.”


Also this...

“At the end of the 1970s, Le Pen refurbished his party’s appeal, by breaking away from the anticapitalist heritage of Poujadism. He instead made an unambiguous commitment to popular capitalism, and started espousing an extremely market liberal and antistatist program. Issues included lower taxes, to reduce state intervention, as well as to dissolve the bureaucracy. Some scholars have even considered that the FN’s 1978 program may be regarded as “Reaganite before Reagan”.”

and this on Marine:

“Since becoming leader of the party in 2011, Marine Le Pen has focused mostly on the perceived threat against the secular value system of the French Republic. She has criticised Muslims, for what she sees as their intents to impose their own values on the country.[128] Following the rebellions in several Arab countries, she has been active in campaigning on halting the migration to Europe of Tunisian and Libyan immigrants.”


Politics in France is rather different from America and quite complex, then again American politics would be likewise for a French observer. I could not find anything where National Front was supportive of communism; of course there are similar-sounding names, such as the overtly communist National Liberation Front in Viet Nam in the 1960’s, but these are different organizations from “Front National” in France.

I try to not write off every Frenchman as a socialist. I worked with a Polish fellow recently who enlightened me on the conservatism of some Europeans that has persisted even until today. IMHO, there are more than a few in France who see the bloated bureaucracy as a mistake and are very desirous of seeing more small business and entrepreneurialism. The following site popped up on quick search of

france entrepreneur


18 posted on 04/24/2012 9:51:54 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: dangus

Yes, and the very next sentence on wik reads...

“She claims that the main groups of CAC 40 only pay 8% of corporate tax whereas the small offices/home offices, the small and medium entreprises, the craftsmen and the shopkeepers fully pay 33.33%.”

I don’t think 1 single small business owner in America would disagree with the complaint that big business winds up with an effective tax rate far below their own, and this is enabled by the U.S. tax code.

Big business can afford to do all sorts of things to lower their corporate income tax bill that small businesses find either too expensive, complex, or divergent from their business operations to do.

The local ice cream stand grossing $600k per year can’t possibly generate the tax credits that General Electric can, year in and year out, for decades.

IMHO, almost every small business owner in America would be fine with replacing the entire corporate income tax with a flat percentage of gross revenue like a sales tax, where General Electric, the ice cream stand and every other business in America would pay exactly the same rate of x% of their revenue, which would be remitted every month with a simple form (like sales tax) that would take about a minute to fill out. No more complexity. The only stumbling block politically is all the business owners who are successfully keeping their effective tax rate very low; they, of course, would prefer the current system.

The big challenge for both France and the U.S., along with every other nation, is to get the largest firms to pay the same effective rates of tax as the smallest. Marine is right on target with that complaint, IMHO.

It’s perhaps difficult for American conservatives who have never owned a small business to see the small/big business differences. The typical conservative line is “pro-business”, but if one has never owned one’s own small business, one has not experienced the excrutiating pain of being squeezed by both government AND big business. Small business is not a bunch of communists. IMHO, those that have never owned a small business should keep in mind “what if I wanted to start my own business someday ?” Would I have the right ? How high would my effective tax rate be ? How high would my competitor’s effective tax rate be ? Would I be able to compete against big business on a level playing field ?

If Ben Franklin and others had no legal right to start a newspaper, or were pushed out of business early on by a big corporate newspaper owned by loyalists or wealthy British citizens, where would we be ?

19 posted on 04/24/2012 10:13:55 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: PieterCasparzen

I’m very glad for those sources. It can be very difficult to nail down the actual ideologies of movements which have never had the opportunity to implement their legislation. Ron Paul is a good example: supposedly a fervent pro-lifer, but he routinely finds the most arcane reasons to side with the most extreme positions of crazed leftists, such as voting to allow cable monopolies to show unscrambled porn during the daytime (1), or permitting the importation of minors across state lines by government workers to obtain abortions which would be illegal in the minors’ home states (2).

(1) Paul cited his disapproval of state-created monopolies
(2) Paul cited the states’ rights in tolerating the state essentially kidnapping children to kill babies. No, Paul, you spawn of Satan; that’s the very reason the commerce clause DOES exist: to allow Congress to regulate commerce when its interstate scope prevents effective intrastate regulation. And killing babies to those sick bastards who run baby-killing plants is simply commerce.

20 posted on 04/24/2012 10:16:09 AM PDT by dangus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: PieterCasparzen

Yes, I read that which is precisely why I distinguished her populist statism from America’s fascist statism. That comment was meant to be to her credit.

21 posted on 04/24/2012 10:18:34 AM PDT by dangus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: dangus

I think it’s like this. In the U.S. it’s mostly groups opposing traditional values that want to give away other peoples money. In France you have the combination of supporting traditional values plus wanting to give away other peoples money. What’s not to like?

22 posted on 04/24/2012 10:34:44 AM PDT by conejo99
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: conejo99

Not far off. Many of the Europeans replaced their kings and manor lords with the welfare state, so that relying on big government *is* traditional and conservative, and having freedom *is* liberal.

23 posted on 04/24/2012 10:57:03 AM PDT by dangus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: dangus

Well, right back at you, thanks for pointing out those particular details.

Every politician has to get political support from somewhere in order to be elected even the first time. So I don’t harbor any delusions that even my favorites, like Jim DeMint, have to have at least some organizations or causes that support them where I’d rather not see support coming from that direction. But of course - if no one supported the guy - he could not get elected ! However, there is a world of difference between the very few, like Mr. DeMint, whose political positions are informed by some sensible interpretation of Scripture and the rest, who simply have no moral guidepost.

In my experience, if the ACU rating is less than 80, it’s practically impossible to look at the voting record details and justify them, since the votes demonstrate no worthy principles, only corruption. IMHO, an ACU rating of 80 would be downright shameful - it would be far better to vote righteously and lose the next election, since this would provide a great foundation for a future run. For politicians, their voting amounts to what I call “horse-trading”, and RINOs are not very good at it.

IMHO, a medical doctor is completely aware of the scientific fact that a fetus, from the time of conception, at the zygote stage, has it’s own DNA; they are in a position of trust - people trust in them to care for human life. In fact, that is their occupation, it’s what they do. I pray they stop and repent.

Regarding the shedding of innocent blood (Matthew Henry’s commentary on this verse is quite useful, IMHO):

Isaiah 59

“1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

5 They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. “

Isaiah 59 in it’s entirety, IMHO, is a treasure of guidance as one studies it more deeply; it presents not only God’s vengeance on the wicked, but of course also a message of hope and redemption, that all are called to fear the Lord and live according to his Word, and those he has chosen he will cause to do just that.

24 posted on 04/24/2012 11:08:18 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper; All

Please don’t mistake this as any sort of endorsement of the National Front (several themes of European populism are of serious concern to me) but I do think reading this article is a good idea. It may be a good example of how conservative third-parties, even in a European system, can have the effect of throwing elections to liberals and socialists in the short term.

France’s Turn for the Worse... Europe’s far right has already won
Slate ^ | 5/4/2012 | Yascha Mounk

The French political system is too different from ours for close parallels, but it is clear that the American populism represented by today’s Tea Party and the earlier Reagan Revolution is similar to though not a direct part of a broader Western movement of reaction against liberalism in “mainstream” politics. Our American tradition is very different from that of Europe — and I would say that is a good thing — but grassroots people in both Europe and the United States are realizing that the liberal assumptions which have infected both “conservative” and “liberal” parties are causing major damage and need to be challenged.

The big problem is that returning to the “old ways” in Europe too often means returning to a xenophobic nationalism based on ethnicity and not on ideology. America is a nation of immigrants drawn to an ideal of freedom; that is not necessarily the older heritage for large parts of Europe.

25 posted on 05/05/2012 9:10:08 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson