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  • Marine Le Pen’s niece enrolls in the ARMY as she calls on France to 'kill Islamism'

    07/27/2016 7:53:16 AM PDT · by jpsb · 40 replies
    Express ^ | July 27, 2016 | Fraser Moore
    Marion Le Pen announced on Twitter she would join the French Army reserve after a spate of Islamic State-inspired terror attacks in Europe. The 26-year-old also blasted the "ineffective" French army as the country reels from the murder of 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel by two teenagers who said they were ISIS "soldiers".
  • Marion Le Pen: Christians Must Stand Up To Islam; Young Patriots Should Join Military Like Me

    07/26/2016 2:46:32 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies ^ | July 26, 2016 | Raheen Kassam
    Marion Maréchal Le Pen, the 26-year-old niece of France’s Front National leader Marine Le Pen has urged her fellow countrymen to join the military in a series of tweets following the beheading of a priest in Normandy this morning.
  • France's Le Pen says she would vote for Trump

    07/06/2016 6:41:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 5, 2016 | Dominique Vidalon
    Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far right National Front party, said in a magazine interview said that if she were American, she would vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. "If I was American I would vote for anyone but Hillary Clinton ... Between him and Hillary Clinton, it is clear that I would choose Donald Trump," Le Pen told the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles. "What appeals to Americans is that he is a man free from Wall Street, from markets and from financial lobbies and even from his own party," she said....
  • Brexit makes far-right stronger, says Marine Le Pen - BBC Newsnight

    07/03/2016 10:23:28 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 9 replies
    BBC Newsnight ^ | June 29 2016 | Emily Maitlis
    Marine Le Pen is interviewed for BBC News Night after Brexit vote
  • Civil Uprising Escalates As 8th EU Nation Threatens Referendum

    06/27/2016 4:35:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/2/16 | Tyler Durden
    It appears, just as we warned, that Brexit was indeed the first of many dominoes. Even before the Brexit result, a poll by Ipsos Mori showed that the majority of people in France and Italy want to at least have a referendum on leaving: Meanwhile, over 40% of Swedes, Poles, and Belgians are in the same boat. But now, as Martin Armstrong notes, Brussels simply went too far. They cross the line moving from an economic union to a political subordination of Europe. Now eight more countries want to hold referendums to exit the EU – France, Holland, Italy, Austria,...
  • Le Pens Rejoice at Brexit, Call for EU-Wide Votes on EU Membership [Send in the Marine!]

    06/24/2016 1:51:12 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | June 24, 2016 | Horense Goulard
    Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French far-right National Front party, said the British Brexit vote is a “victory for freedom” and called for all countries to have referendums on their European Union membership Friday. “Victory for freedom! As I’ve asked for years, we need the same referendum in France and in the EU countries,” Le Pen tweeted.
  • Vanity: Marine Le Pen's Twitter account driving Euro Socialists Crazy

    06/24/2016 9:34:01 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 23 replies ^ | 24 June 2016 | Le Pens Twitter
    She's flying the Union Jack !!!
  • Trump finds allies on Europe's right

    05/11/2016 8:49:50 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/11/16 | Julia Manchester
    Donald Trump received more international criticism Tuesday, this time from London's newly elected mayor, Sadiq Khan. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee had suggested Khan would be exempt from his proposed ban on Muslim foreigners entering the United States. But Khan, who is the first Muslim mayor of a major Western capital, wasn't impressed. "Donald Trump's ignorant view of Islam could make both of our countries less safe -- it risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of the extremists," Khan said.
  • Le Pen acquitted over Muslim prayers rant

    12/15/2015 5:44:33 AM PST · by Nextrush · 24 replies ^ | 12/15/2015 | The :Local
    Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front, was acquitted on Tuesday on charges of inciting hatred after comparing Muslim street prayers to the Nazi occupation.......
  • French elections analysis: despite its defeat, the far-Right Front National is still rising

    12/14/2015 3:29:38 AM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/14/15 | Henry Samuel
    Down but by no means out, the Front National may have failed to clinch a single region in France but it still has the wind in its sails after smashing its previous record in a national election. There is no denying that the result is a disappointment for Marine Le Pen, but her claim that “nothing can stop us” is more than mere hyperbole. The far-Right won 6.6 million votes on Sunday. That is almost 200,000 more than for leader Marine Le Pen in the 2012 presidential elections despite a far lower turnout this time – down 20 percentage...
  • EXCLUSIVE – Sarah Palin: Marion Maréchal-Le Pen and 16 Centuries of Christian France

    12/14/2015 9:06:43 AM PST · by Bratch · 12 replies
    Breitbart's National Security ^ | December 13, 2015 | Sarah Palin
    I have a political crush, but one I couldn’t vote for today – because she ran for office in France. Marion Maréchal-Le Pen is the new deserved “It Girl” of French politics and a clear voice of courage and common sense in a country and continent in need of both. In 2012, she earned the distinction of being France’s youngest elected Member of Parliament. Last week she handily won the first round of a race for the leadership of a large important region in southeastern France that’s home to the beautiful port city of Marseilles. Unfortunately, she lost the run-off...
  • Despite Setback, The Right Still Rises in the West

    12/14/2015 8:08:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Life Zette ^ | December 14, 2015 @ 6:13 AM | Edmund Kozak
    Even though French right lost Sunday, a counterrevolution is growing in Europe and America Right-wing, national-conservative parties are seeing stunning success and growth as Europeans become disillusioned with the politically correct, globalization-backing, pro-immigration and pro-EU European Establishment. The Front National in France, led by Marine Le Pen, dominated the first round of voting in the country's Dec. 6 regional elections, polling first in six of 13 regions and taking 27.96 percent of the vote. The party has seen its popularity skyrocket in the past few years, but during a second round Sunday it failed to win any region as moderate,...
  • Far right in France stung by humiliating defeat in regional elections

    12/14/2015 7:11:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/14/2015 | Rick Moran
    The second leg of regional elections was held in France on Sunday and, after a spectacular showing in the first vote held last week, Marine Le Pen's National Front party failed to win a single region. Reuters: Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front did not win any region in French elections on Sunday, in a setback to her hopes of being a serious presidential contender in 2017. The regional election run-off, in which the conservatives won seven constituencies and the Socialists five, was no real victory for either of these two mainstream parties, shaken by the far-right's growing appeal...
  • Projections: French far right collapses in regional runoffs

    12/13/2015 11:28:27 AM PST · by iowamark · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec 13th 2015
    Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front collapsed in French regional elections Sunday after dominating the first round of voting, according to pollsters' projections. Le Pen had been riding high after extremist attacks and an unprecedented wave of migration into Europe, and the party came out on top in six of France's 13 newly drawn regions in the first-round vote a week ago. But projections by France's major polling firms suggested that failed to translate into any second-round victories. Three polling agencies projected Le Pen and her niece both lost their bids to run two French regions. Ipsos, Ifop and TNS-Sofres...
  • Fresh-faced star of France's far right is candidate of steel

    12/12/2015 2:31:00 PM PST · by simpson96 · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/112015 | Elaine Ganley
    PARIS (AP)-- She's the youngest French lawmaker and in an election this weekend could become the youngest president of a powerful region.Marion Marechal-Le Pen, 26, is the fresh-faced rising star of the far-right National Front, using a soft touch to deliver hard messages on migrants and Muslims that outdo her tough-talking aunt, party leader Marine Le Pen. The stakes in Sunday's vote for leadership councils in 13 French regions are high. If the two Le Pens win their regions, the anti-immigration National Front will shatter France's current political landscape - and Marine Le Pen will boost her chances in France's...
  • France's far-right National Front leads in regional elections [Exit Polls National Front 30.6%]

    12/06/2015 11:18:04 AM PST · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun, 6 Dec 2015 19:01 GMT
    PARIS, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front party led in the first round of French local elections, TV exit polls showed on Sunday, with Le Pen and her niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen both gaining more than 40 percent in the north and southeast of the country. If confirmed, the result would be a boost for Le Pen, who had hoped her anti-immigrant, anti-euro party would emerge top in the first round, boosting her hopes for 2017 presidential elections. There will be a run-off on Dec.13.
  • French far-right tipped to triumph in post-attacks regional vote

    12/03/2015 8:31:04 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 16 hours ago | Bertrand Pinon, Baptiste Pace
    Paris (AFP) - France's far-right National Front (FN) appears to be on course for an historic breakthrough in regional elections this weekend, with the country still traumatised by last month's Paris terror attacks. The party's leader Marine Le Pen looks set to take the former Socialist heartland in the economically depressed northern region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, while her 25-year-old niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen is ahead in the race for the vast southeastern region that includes the French Riviera. The anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant FN -- which has never before controlled a region -- has been climbing in the polls since 130 people were...
  • After Paris Attacks, a Political Leader Wants to Bring Back This Medieval Execution for Jihadists

    11/22/2015 11:17:17 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 131 replies
    Independent Journal ^ | November 21, 2015 | JUSTEN CHARTERS
    After Paris Attacks, a Political Leader Wants to Bring Back This Medieval Execution for Jihadists The terrorist attacks in Paris have prompted one political leader to call for turning back the clock to more medieval forms of execution. The leader, Jean Marie Le Pen, who founded France's most popular far-right party, doesn't think that current solutions to fight terrorism are panning out for his countrymen. Newsweek reported on what Le Pen suggests they do instead: The founder of France's far-right National Front (FN) Jean Marie Le Pen urged France to reinstate the death penalty and commit convicted terrorists to the...
  • Marine Le Pen: How France Will Conquer the Enemies of Liberty

    11/19/2015 1:23:45 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 15 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 11/17/15 | Marine LePen
    Marine Le Pen is the President of Front National. For the sixth time in a year, Islamic terrorism has struck France—and this time more viciously than ever before. Since then, from all corners of the world, there have been countless outpourings of friendship, salutation, and support for the admirable courage with which the French people have faced these trials. Everywhere it is sung, the Marseillaise embodies our universal determination, our unwillingness to yield to the barbarism of Islamic fundamentalism. Charles De Gaulle once said “There exists an immemorial covenant between the grandeur of France and the freedom of the world.”...
  • Far Right on the march: Marine Le Pen demands 'immediate halt' to new migrants in France, while Germ

    11/17/2015 4:26:59 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/16/2016 | Tom Wyke
    Far Right on the march: Marine Le Pen demands 'immediate halt' to new migrants in France, while German anti-immigration group Pegida hold protest rally French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has called for an 'immediate halt' to the intake of migrants into France Marine Le Pen's National Front (NF) party said gunman known as Ahmed al-Mohammed was 'among the mass of migrants who flow into Europe each day 'As a precaution, Marine Le Pen calls for the immediate halt of all intake of migrants in France,' statement said French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has called for an 'immediate halt'...
  • Le Pen: 'The French are no longer safe'

    11/15/2015 3:26:30 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 72 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 14 Nov 2015 | Aurelien Breeden
    Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's extreme-right National Front party, declared at a news conference on Saturday: "France and the French are no longer safe. It is my duty to tell you so."... ... she said that France had to “finally determine who are its allies and who are its enemies.” She accused unnamed countries of having “benevolent” relationships with radical Islam and “ambiguous” ties with terrorist groups... “Whatever the European Union might say, it is essential that France recover the control of its national borders, once and for all,” she said. “Without borders, neither security nor protection are...
  • Marine Le Pen Tops ANOTHER French Presidency Poll

    11/13/2015 6:30:02 PM PST · by rmlew · 33 replies
    Brietbart London ^ | 13 November 2015 | Raheem Kassam
    The Front National party in France are moving one step closer to seriously challenging for the country’s presidency. A new opinion poll reveals that their leader, nationalist firebrand Marine Le Pen, has topped yet another poll ahead of the elections in 2017. The IFOP poll in conjunction with Sud Radio and Lyon Capitale gives Ms. Le Pen a lead under three different scenarios, reflecting the panic setting into the French political establishment which is considering a ‘grand coalition’ of centre-left and centre-right parties to keep the Front National out.According to IFOP, if centrist politician Francois Bayrou and centre-right Nicolas Sarkozy...
  • Marine Le Pen stands trial for Muslim street prayer outburst

    10/21/2015 8:09:38 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 8 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Oct. 20, 2015 | Henry Samuel
    Marine Le Pen stood trial on Tuesday over comments made five years ago in which the far-right Front National leader compared Muslim street prayers to the Nazi occupation of France. *snip* However in a coup for Ms Le Pen, the prosecutor called for an acquittal.
  • A real speech by a real leader

    10/18/2015 6:52:18 AM PDT · by jpsb · 17 replies
    you tube ^ | Marine Le Pen
    Watch Marine Le Pen tell Merkel where to stick it.
  • French Far-Right Leader Stands By Gas Chamber Comments [Le Pen, an AntiSemite]

    04/02/2015 2:52:51 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, April 2, 2015 | Staff
    National Front party founder again insists Nazi gas chambers were just a 'detail'; daughter and party head distances herself. The founder of France's far-right National Front party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, reiterated his assertion Thursday that Nazi gas chambers were a "detail" of World War II, prompting condemnation from rights groups and his daughter. Le Pen told a French TV station he did not regret making the statement repeatedly over nearly three decades, earning convictions for hate speech along the way, and then said it again. "I have said what I believed. Gas chambers were a detail of the war, unless...
  • French Leader Warns: Washington Wants War in Europe

    02/09/2015 5:27:44 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies ^ | February 9, 2015
    The leader of France’s rightwing Front National (FN), Marine Le Pen, has called Brussels “American lackeys” over the EU's Ukraine policy. She further accused Washington of attempting to start a “war in Europe” and expand NATO towards Russia’s borders. "European capitals do not have the wisdom to refuse to be dependent on US positions on Ukraine," Le Pen told French journalists on Sunday. "Regarding Ukraine, we behave like American lackeys," she said, before warning that “the aim of the Americans is to start a war in Europe to push NATO to the Russian border." She went on to accuse European...
  • How Marine Le Pen is winning France’s gay vote

    01/28/2015 5:56:47 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 24 replies
    The Spectator (UK) ^ | 1/24/15 | Rachel Halliburton
    A week before the attack on Charlie Hebdo, France’s leading gay magazine, Têtu, announced the winner of its annual beauty contest. His name was Matthieu Chartraire, and he was 22, doe-eyed and six-packed, with perfectly groomed hair, stubble and eyebrows. A pin-up in every way — until he started talking. To the anger of many of the magazine’s readers, the Adonis of 2015 turns out to be an outspoken supporter of the Front National. Têtu’s editor-in-chief, Yannick Barbe, refused to play censor. ‘It’s within his rights to vote for the FN even if we don’t share his beliefs,’ he said....
  • Marine Le Pen: To Call This Threat by Its Name: France Was Attacked by Islamic Fundamentalism.

    01/19/2015 2:10:00 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/18/15 | Marine Le Pen
    Paris — “To misname things is to add to the world’s unhappiness.” Whether or not Albert Camus really did utter these words, they are an astonishingly apt description of the situation in which the French government now finds itself. Indeed, the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius no longer even dares pronounce the real name of things. Mr. Fabius will not describe as “Islamists” the terrorists who on Wednesday, Jan. 7, walked into the offices of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo, right in the heart of Paris. Nor will he use “Islamic State” to describe the radical Sunni group that now controls...
  • To Call This Threat by Its Name

    01/18/2015 6:54:43 PM PST · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 18 Jan 2015 | Marine Le Pen
    France Was Attacked by Islamic Fundamentalism “To misname things is to add to the world’s unhappiness.” Whether or not Albert Camus really did utter these words, they are an astonishingly apt description of the situation in which the French government now finds itself. Indeed, the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius no longer even dares pronounce the real name of things. Mr. Fabius will not describe as “Islamists” the terrorists who on Wednesday, Jan. 7, walked into the offices of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo, right in the heart of Paris. Nor will he use “Islamic State” to describe the radical Sunni...
  • French far-right 'barred' from national unity rally

    01/11/2015 9:05:31 AM PST · by lulu16 · 79 replies
    The Local France ^ | 01/ 05/ 15
    Despite the French president calling for “unity” in the light of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, an almighty row broke out on Thursday after the National Front were not invited to Sunday’s Republican rally. France’s politicians were not able to show their new found unity for long. Just a day after the Charlie Hebdo shooting left 12 dead and had politicians calling for the country to unite, a row between politicians broke out after the National Front were not invited to take part in Sunday’s rally for “national unity” in Paris. For her part Marine Le Pen was furious that the...
  • As France wakes up to Islamic threat, 'far right' Le Pen surges

    01/09/2015 7:59:05 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 51 replies ^ | January 9, 2015 | By Thomas Lifson
    “Time’s up for denial and hypocrisy,” says Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s Front National political party. “The absolute rejection of Islamic fundamentalism must be proclaimed loudly and clearly.” Le Pen and her party are routinely denounced by the establishment media and politicians throughout the EU as “far right” and “racist.” The demonization may have lost all traction, however, as two hostage situations play out, having a profound effect on French national consciousness. A report in Bloomberg Business Week by Angeline Benoit, Sandrine Rastello and Caroline Alexander well sums up the fear gripping the establishment.
  • After Charlie Hebdo, should French ‘unity’ include the far right?

    01/09/2015 5:50:26 AM PST · by csvset · 8 replies
    France24 ^ | 2015-01-08 | Benjamin Dodman
    The gruesome attack on Charlie Hebdo has rallied the French political class, including the magazine’s former critics, behind the banner of “national unity”. But the leader of France’s National Front says she has been left out. Wednesday’s shooting, in which 12 people were killed, including some of France’s most celebrated cartoonists, triggered poignant and spontaneous demonstrations across France, where many held aloft pens to voice support for freedom of expression. The outpouring of grief and solidarity underscored France’s attachment to a cherished tradition of satirical cartoons that goes back to the French Revolution. It also belied the inherently controversial nature...
  • Marine Le Pen on Muslims and Nigel Farage

    05/14/2014 8:59:58 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 19. apr. 2014 | BBC
    Marine Le Pen puts Laura Kuenssberg from BBC Newsnight in her box. The typically agenda riven bias was well in evidence here when Kuenssberg tried to get Le Pen to say that UKIP and the FN were fellow travellers. I found Ms Le Pen very adept at keeping control of the interview in not allowing herself to be pigeon holed by this BBC lackey. I admired the way that she admonished Kuenssberg for being more interested in her own questions rather than Ms Le Pens answers, a typical BBC Journalist problem unless they are interviewing someone from the left, the...
  • Marine Le Pen 'loses immunity' over comparing Islamic prayers to Nazi occupation (France)

    06/02/2013 2:27:37 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6-1-13 | Barney Henderson
    Mrs Le Pen, leader of the National Front, told a rally in 2010 that the places in France where Muslims worshipped in the streets were "occupied territory". "For those who want to talk a lot about World War Two, if it's about occupation, then we could also talk about it (Muslim prayers in the streets), because that is occupation of territory," she said at a gathering in Lyon. In December 2012, French authorities asked the European Parliament to lift Mrs Le Pen's immunity as a European Parliament member (MEP) so she could be prosecuted. The BBC reports that a secret...
  • Geert Wilders looks to alliance with Front National, other EU parties

    05/16/2013 7:01:36 PM PDT · by annalex · 16 replies ^ | Monday 29 April 2013
    Geert Wilders looks to alliance with Front National, other EU parties Monday 29 April 2013Anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders is looking to form an alliance with other similarly-minded parties, including France's Front National, to fight next year's European elections, the Volkskrant reports on Saturday. Wilders, who leads the PVV in parliament, recently met Front National leader Marine Le Pen for lunch to discuss his ideas for a pan-European approach. 'We think the same about 90% of things, perhaps more,' Wilders said in the Volkskrant interview. 'We also have a lot of points of agreement in terms of immigration.' Many meetings Wilders...
  • France’s Turn for the Worse... Europe’s far right has already won

    05/05/2012 8:51:03 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 29 replies
    Slate ^ | 5/4/2012 | Yascha Mounk
    On Sunday, by almost every indication, François Hollande, who has been leading in the polls for months, will defeat Nicolas Sarkozy and become France’s next president. Hollande’s Socialist Party, which hasn’t ousted an incumbent president in over three decades, has every reason to celebrate. But the true winner of this election isn’t France’s left; it’s Europe’s far right. The reason is simple. In this election, France’s establishment has embraced Islamophobic ideas to an unprecedented degree. Right-wing populism, once a fringe phenomenon, has been conquering the bastions of Europe’s political mainstream with frightening speed; even so, most observers failed to predict...
  • The tide has turned in Europe

    04/23/2012 9:00:51 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies
    Presseurop ^ | 4/23/2012
    For the European press, the first round of the French presidential election has one winner – Marine Le Pen of the far-right Front National – and two losers, the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany. The runoff election which pits Socialist François Hollande and conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy was long anticipated by opinion polls, which, in recent days placed Hollande as the frontrunner. The high score of the far-right National Front candidate, Marine Le Pen, however, came as a surprise. With nearly 20% of the vote, Le Pen will weigh on Sarkozy's campaign. For the Financial Times Deutschland, Nicolas Sarkozy's second...
  • KEY SARKOZY ALLY: 'For Us, All Civilisations Are Not Of Equal Value'

    02/06/2012 8:35:50 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-6,2012 | Adam Taylor
    KEY SARKOZY ALLY: 'For Us, All Civilisations Are Not Of Equal Value' Adam Taylor Febuary 6, 2012Claude Gueant, the French interior minister and a key Sarkozy ally, has caused controversy after telling students "all civilisations are not of equal value". The speech was made on Saturday, and a copy of the comments were obtained by AFP. Amongst the comments made by Gueant, who is in charge of France's immigration policies, included: "Contrary to what the left's relativist ideology says, for us all civilisations are not of equal value." "Those which defend humanity seem to us to be more advanced than...
  • Le Pen Calls on France to Quit Euro

    11/24/2011 9:26:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 24, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    Inquiring minds note that French presidential candidate Le Pen calls for France to quit euro Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front, has made abandoning the euro one of the pillars of her presidential election campaign, launching a powerful attack on the ailing single currency as she seeks to bolster her already strong showing in the opinion polls. Presenting her “presidential project”, Ms Le Pen said Europe should give up the euro, which had “asphyxiated our economies, killed our industries and choked our jobs” for years, as well as causing France to accumulate “Himalayan” debts. In any...
  • Sarkozy, Palestine, and the 2012 Presidential Election

    09/24/2011 11:25:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 24, 2011 | Michel Gurfinkiel
    Did the French president lose his bid for reelection this week at the UN? Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, a conservative president of France from 1974 to 1981, was not reelected. He ascribed his defeat — by less than 1 % of the vote against François Mitterrand, the socialist challenger — to the Jewish community, which resented his pro-Arab policies. From then on and as long as he entertained the hope to run again, he made sure to appear as a friend of Israel.Nicolas Sarkozy, another conservative, played openly the Jewish and pro-Israel card in 2007 and was elected. He may have...
  • Why France Was So Keen to Attack Libya

    03/24/2011 3:57:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Hudson New York ^ | March 23, 2011 | Soeren Kern
    Even before allied forces unleashed a "shock and awe" barrage of cruise missile attacks against Libya on March 19, French President Nicolas Sarkozy was quick to take the credit... Sarkozy's newfound concern for Libyan democracy contrasts sharply from only three years ago, when Sarkozy welcomed Gaddafi with open arms during an extravagant five-day state visit to France. On that occasion in December 2007, Gaddafi breezed into Paris in his Bedouin robes, accompanied by an entourage of 400 servants, five airplanes, a camel and 30 female bodyguards, and then proceeded to pitch his heated tent on the grounds of the palatial...
  • Le Pen warns Italy over Migrants

    03/15/2011 9:45:36 AM PDT · by VU4G10 · 7 replies · 1+ views ^ | 03.15.11 | AP
    ROME (AP) — Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front party, warned Italy Tuesday to prepare to "accept half of the world population" if it starts taking in economic refugees. Le Pen on Monday toured an immigrant center in Lampedusa, a small Italian island where thousands of would-be migrants fleeing unrest in North Africa and the Mideast have landed. She said she learnt from her visit that the majority of migrants were men aged between 20 and 30, who "are obviously economic refugees."
  • Le Pen Is Mightier

    03/09/2011 7:59:31 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 48 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Mar 14, 2011, | CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
    Why, just four years after its supposed demise, does France’s National Front have its highest poll ratings ever? "I used to worry about the National Front,” a middle-aged writer told me when we met in France in February. “Suddenly I’m beginning to wonder if I’m not further to the right than they are.” The National Front, or FN, has been Europe’s archetypal fascistic party of recent years. Founded by Algerian War veteran Jean-Marie Le Pen, anathematized in the media, manipulated by Socialist president François Mitterrand as a means of dividing his opponents, it was embraced by ex-colonists, ex-Communists, and the...
  • Le Pen's daughter could beat Sarkozy in first round presidential elections

    03/06/2011 10:57:48 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 18 replies
    France 24 ^ | March 6, 2011 | By Oliver FARRY
    REUTERS - Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front party, would beat President Nicolas Sarkozy in the first round of a presidential election next year, an opinion poll showed on Saturday. The survey by Harris Interactive, published on the website of Le Parisien daily, showed Le Pen winning 23 percent of votes in the first of the election's two voting rounds, versus 21 percent for the centre-right president. Sarkozy has not announced whether he will run for re-election, but his party and Prime Minister Francois Fillon are promoting him as the natural choice for a candidate. With...
  • Marine Le Pen poll rating shock for French politics

    03/06/2011 10:10:30 AM PST · by decimon · 37 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | March 6, 2011 | Unknown
    An opinion poll suggesting far-right leader Marine Le Pen could win the first round of next year's presidential election has caused a shock in France.The survey for Le Parisien newspaper puts the National Front leader, who took over from her father Jean-Marie in January, ahead of all other candidates. It gives her 23% of the vote, 2% ahead of both President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist leader Martine Aubry. However, some analysts question the accuracy of the online poll. Online surveys are arguably less reliable than telephone polling, and Le Parisien's poll assumes Ms Aubry will be chosen as the Socialists'...
  • France: The far right with a human touch

    01/16/2011 2:22:41 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    presseurop ^ | 1/14/2011 | Anne Laffeter
    After 38 years at the head of the head of France’s Front National, Jean-Marie Le Pen is hoping to pass on the party leadership to his daughter Marine. With an initiative that is in part a dynastic succession and partly a modernisation strategy similar to those deployed by far-right parties elsewhere in Europe, the FN is gearing up for presidential elections in 2012. Her father's daughter: Marine Le Pen in 2006 Times have changed at the Front National. The era when Jean-Marie Le Pen would bang on about gas chambers being "just one detail of the Second World War," highly...
  • Le Pen daughter to take reins of National Front [France]

    01/15/2011 8:33:28 AM PST · by matt1234 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Radio France Internationale ^ | 15 January 2011 | RFI
    Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, was on Saturday preparing to hand over the reigns to his daughter Marine, after four decades in the job. His departure will mark the end of an era for the anti-immigrant party that has shaken up French politics. Party members were gathering in the western city of Tours where Le Pen, 82, is to farewell the party he founded in 1972. Police were deployed around the conference centre in Tours, where rights groups and left-wing political groups said they planned peaceful demonstrations. Marine Le Pen, 42, is expected to...
  • Child of France’s Far Right Prepares to Be Its Leader: MARINE LE PEN

    05/23/2010 12:10:07 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 43 replies · 1,056+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 21, 2010 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    MARINE LE PEN tried her best to flee her father and politics, she says, oppressed by the infamy of her inheritance, which followed her everywhere. But now she is widely expected to succeed Jean-Marie Le Pen as leader of the National Front, the persistent far-right party preaching French purity and exceptionalism, opposing immigration and the European Union, and which she wants to bring into the media age. More and more, she is the face of the party in television debates and national campaigning. “It’s amazing to see how destiny can mock you sometimes,” she said in a long interview at...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement thrashed in regional elections

    03/21/2010 5:42:55 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 8 replies · 304+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 22, 2010 | Charles Bremner
    A chastened Nicolas Sarkozy will attempt this week to relaunch his presidency after voters yesterday vented their unhappiness by thrashing his centre-right party in elections for regional councils. The Socialist opposition and its Green allies won an estimated 55 per cent of the vote compared with about 37 per cent for the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), according to exit polls. However, they failed to score the clean sweep that they had hoped against Mr Sarkozy's camp in the voting for the 22 regional councils of mainland France and Corsica. UMP supporters who abstained in the first round of...
  • Far right, facing barrage, fails in mayoral bid MARINE LE PEN LOSES ELECTION

    07/05/2009 11:25:31 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 19 replies · 1,759+ views
    TAIWAN NEWS ^ | 2009-07-06 | ELAINE GANLEY
    A leftist candidate backed by an array of political parties successfully staved off his far-right opponent in a mayoral race Sunday that the National Front had hope would start its comeback. Other parties, from communists to President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservatives, rallied behind Daniel Duquenne whom voters designated the new mayor of Henin-Beaumont, a former mining town in northern France, in a runoff race. The victor was sprayed with tear gas minutes after the results were announced, a police officer said by telephone, confirming reports on France-Info radio and the French TV station iTele. Duquenne was not injured and the aggressor...