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  • Marine Le Pen on Muslims and Nigel Farage

    05/14/2014 8:59:58 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 17 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
    DutchNews.nl ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    mail.com ^ | 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 · 44 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...
  • France: Budget Trumps Party’s Beliefs :: Le Pen sells HQ to ChiComs

    08/12/2008 12:19:44 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 5 replies · 132+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 12, 2008 | staff
    The National Front, the French anti-immigration party, is selling its historic headquarters to a Chinese university to raise cash, the party’s leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, left, was quoted on Monday as saying. Mr. Le Pen, whose slogan in several presidential campaigns was “Keep France for the French,” confounded predictions by reaching the runoff in the 2002 presidential election. But stinging defeats in last year’s parliamentary vote have left the party deep in the red. The magazine L’Express said on its Web site that Mr. Le Pen believed that the university, which he did not name, wanted to turn the building,...
  • France - Le Pen: Auschwitz didn't have gas chambers

    04/25/2008 9:07:30 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 83 replies · 1,147+ views
    Le Pen: Auschwitz didn't have gas chambers Extreme right-wing leader repeats claim that no Jews were gassed or burned at Nazi death camps, says Auschwitz inmates worked as laborers for factory Far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen sparked a chorus of outrage in France on Friday by repeating an incendiary claim that the Nazi gas chambers were a "detail of history." Anti-racism and Jewish groups threatened immediate legal action against the National Front chief - who already holds several similar convictions - after he made the comments in a magazine interview. "I said the gas chambers were a detail of...
  • Le Pen sentenced for Nazi comments

    02/09/2008 1:09:46 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 24 replies · 95+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | February 8, 2008
    Excerpt - PARIS: A French court gave far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen a three-month suspended prison sentence on Friday and fined him 10,000 euros (7,250 pounds) for saying that the Nazi occupation of France was "not particularly inhumane". Le Pen was found guilty of "justification of war crimes" and "contesting crimes against humanity" in the trial which opened in December. It centred around a comment Le Pen made in a 2005 interview with right-wing weekly magazine Rivarol, which angered the government, anti-racism organisations and Jewish groups. The prosecution had requested that Le Pen be handed a five-month suspended sentence and...
  • French ghettos mobilise for election

    05/02/2007 1:45:39 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 11 replies · 735+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 05/02/2007 | Henri Astier
    During the first round of France's presidential election, Laurence Ribeaucourt had the surprise of her political life. A social worker and local councillor in a poor suburb north-east of Paris, she was monitoring the vote and the last place she expected to see the deprived youths she had cared over the years for was a polling station.
  • FRENCH FAR-RIGHT LEADER CALLS ON SUPPORTERS TO ABSTAIN FROM VOTE

    05/01/2007 5:20:43 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 54 replies · 998+ views
    The Tocqueville Connection ^ | 1 May 2007 | staff
    FRENCH FAR-RIGHT LEADER CALLS ON SUPPORTERS TO ABSTAIN FROM VOTE French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen called on his supporters Tuesday to abstain en masse from voting in Sunday's presidential election. Le Pen said neither socialist candidate Segolene Royal nor rightwinger Nicolas Sarkozy deserved the support of the 3.8 million voters who backed him in the first round of voting. "I call on voters who have shown their confidence in me to cast their vote neither for Madame Royal nor for Mr Sarkozy and to abstain en masse," said Le Pen, who came fourth in round one with 10.44 percent...
  • Le Pen urges supporters to abstain

    05/01/2007 4:48:44 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 11 replies · 362+ views
    London Telegraph UK ^ | May 1 2007 | Henry Samuel
    from The London Telegraph: Le Pen urges supporters to abstain By Henry Samuel in Paris Last Updated: 12:36pm BST 01/05/2007 Jean-Marie Le Pen called on his supporters today to abstain in Sunday’s vote for the French presidency and to hold their fire for elections to the National Assembly, the country’s parliament, next month. The Front National leader, who came fourth in the first round of voting last month, said: “We should take no responsibility for the choice on 6 May.” He said that it would be an illusion to vote for Socialist candidate Segolene Royal “simply to avenge the hold-up...
  • BREAKING NEWS: JEAN-MARIE LE PEN TELLS HIS VOTERS TO STAY HOME EN MASSE ON ELECTION DAY

    05/01/2007 4:40:09 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 22 replies · 1,164+ views
    Le Monde ^ | May 1 2007 | staff
    In his annual rally on May 1, Jean-Marie le Pen called on his followers to stay home en masse, and not vote on Election Day
  • This Vacuum In Paris Plays Straight Into Le Pen's Hands

    04/14/2007 8:27:55 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 1,044+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-15-2007 | Will Hutton
    This vacuum in Paris plays straight into le Pen's hands Next week's presidential elections will confirm what many Europeans fear, that France is moving inexorably to the right Will Hutton Sunday April 15, 2007 The Observer (UK) Nicolas Sarkozy, the front runner for the French presidency, has suggested that paedophilia is an incurable genetic disposition, that rioting Arab youths are scum and that an Orwellian sounding ministry for immigration and national identity is a good idea. Segolene Royal, his socialist challenger, wants the French to celebrate family, work and the flag. And on Friday, a suppressed official poll suggested that...
  • Sarkozy 'Has Secret Deal With Le Pen' (France)

    04/13/2007 6:44:15 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 832+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-14-2007 | Henry Samuel
    Sarkozy 'has secret deal with Le Pen' By Henry Samuel in Paris Last Updated: 1:46am BST 14/04/2007 Nicolas Sarkozy, the French presidential front-runner, fended off allegations yesterday that he was plotting to form a secret pact with Jean-Marie Le Pen, the far-Right leader. The latest polls put Mr Sarkozy firmly in the lead With the first round of presidential polls looming a week tomorrow, Mr Sarkozy has been accused of seeking the votes of Mr Le Pen's supporters in the second round next month. The veteran National Front leader is not expected to get beyond the first round and his...
  • FRENCH ELECTION UPDATE :: Whither France? Reading the tea leaves for the presidential election

    04/11/2007 4:15:25 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 27 replies · 626+ views
    City Journal ^ | March 30, 2007 | Nidra Poller
    Three weeks from the first round of voting in the French presidential election, interest at home and abroad is at an all-time high. France still carries exceptional weight in Europe and plays a pivotal role in major international conflicts—not always for good. French diplomacy was instrumental in a resolution of last summer’s Hezbollah war, which shifted the balance of power in Iran’s favor; France argued convincingly for resumption of normal relations between the EU and the Palestinian Authority’s Hamas-Fatah coalition; France is undermining UN sanctions against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s nuclear-hungry Iran. And France, with Europe’s largest Muslim population, is struggling with...
  • Le Pen gains as French presidential campaign starts

    04/11/2007 1:38:02 PM PDT · by Rodney King · 6 replies · 465+ views
    Yahoo ^ | today | Anna Willard
    Le Pen gains as French presidential campaign starts By Anna Willard Mon Apr 9, 3:33 PM ET PARIS (Reuters) - France's presidential election campaign officially began on Monday and a new poll showed gains for the right-wing frontrunner Nicolas Sarkozy and for far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen. ADVERTISEMENT The 12 hopefuls unveiled new television and radio spots in line with strict election rules, trying to win the support of the large number of undecided voters ahead of the first-round vote on April 22. Sarkozy has extended his comfortable lead over his main rival, Socialist Segolene Royal, an LH2 poll for...
  • French candidates vie for undecided vote

    04/09/2007 12:37:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 320+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/9/07 | Emmanuel Georges-Picot - ap
    PARIS - The Socialist French presidential candidate Segolene Royal introduces herself as a mother of four who has skillfully juggled family and career. The conservative contender, Nicolas Sarkozy, presents himself as a bold reformer determined to break with the policies of the past. The French presidential campaign entered its final phase Monday with a series of carefully choreographed TV and radio spots by candidates pitching themselves to undecided voters — nearly half the French electorate. The first round of voting is two weeks away. Polls indicate Sarkozy is the front-runner for the April 22 vote, followed by Royal. Francois Bayrou,...
  • FRENCH ELECTION UPDATE :: Le Pen secures surprise support from Muslims

    04/01/2007 9:45:06 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 66 replies · 1,302+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 02/04/2007 | Henry Samuel
    A small but significant minority of French Muslims intend to vote for Jean-Marie Le Pen, the far-Right National Front leader in this month's presidential elections - a remarkable achievement for the politician known for his anti-immigrant stance. Some of the country's five million Muslims are not keen for a new wave of immigrants to arrive. They also support Le Pen's anti-American rhetoric and his publicised "friendship" with the people of Iraq. Others are attracted by his traditional stand on moral issues such as abortion, family or restoring the death penalty. Abdallah Bourakba, 54, is a divorced father of three whose...
  • Eleven in French presidency race

    03/16/2007 1:06:35 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 5 replies · 278+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, March 16, 2007
    To become a candidate at least 500 signed forms are needed At least 11 candidates are set to run in the French presidential election.As the deadline for registration passed, anti-globalisation farmer Jose Bove said he was not sure if he had enough signatures to become the 12th. At least 500 signatures from elected officials are needed to run in the first round on 22 April. More than 20 politicians have been campaigning in the race. Centre-right leader Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist leader Segolene Royal are frontrunners. A record 16 candidates were on the ballot in the last election, in...
  • France's Le Pen 'to run' in poll

    03/14/2007 11:56:31 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 9 replies · 400+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, March 14, 2007
    Mr Le Pen will hand over his 500 signatures later on Wednesday France's far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has collected the 500 sponsor signatures he needs to run in April's presidential election, his party says.The leader of the National Front will submit the 500 signatures to the Constitutional Council himself later on Wednesday, the AFP news agency reports. Every candidate must be endorsed by at least 500 elected officials to stand, and has until Friday to do so. Most of the 42,000 elected officials entitled to sign are mayors. Last week, the front-runner for next month's presidential election, centre-right...
  • 9/11 attacks 'an incident'says JEAN-MARIE LE PEN

    02/21/2007 3:34:53 PM PST · by Cincinna · 18 replies · 535+ views
    News24.com ^ | 2/21/07 | staff
    French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has dismissed the September 11, 2001 attacks as an "incident", saying the death toll of 3 000 was equal to the number of people killed in Iraq in a month. Le Pen made the comment in an interview published on Wednesday with the Catholic newspaper La Croix during which he praised Islamic leaders for condemning the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. "The September 11 event, or one could say incident, prompted a certain number of people to distance themselves (from Islamic extremism) to avoid falling under the barrage of accusations...
  • No longer a joke – France is having to take Le Pen's threat seriously

    02/10/2007 9:31:32 PM PST · by Rodney King · 62 replies · 1,591+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 11/15/06 | henry samuel
    No longer a joke – France is having to take Le Pen's threat seriously By Henry Samuel Last Updated: 1:56am GMT 15/11/2006 Besides his penchant for champagne and singing outmoded French songs, far-Right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen is known to like a practical joke. So when he strode purposefully out of his private office at the National Front's presidential convention outside Paris this weekend towards the press tent, camera crews in tow, nobody seemed overly surprised when he veered off at the last minute into the lavatory. Jean-Marie Le Pen National Front leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, at his party presidential...
  • No Longer A Joke - France Is Having To Take Le Pen's Threat Seriously

    11/12/2006 6:46:07 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 1,048+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-13-2006 | Henry Samuel
    No longer a joke ? France is having to take Le Pen's threat seriously By Henry Samuel Last Updated: 1:03am GMT 13/11/2006 Besides his penchant for champagne and singing outmoded French songs, far-Right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen is known to like a practical joke. So when he strode purposefully out of his private office at the National Front's presidential convention outside Paris this weekend towards the press tent, camera crews in tow, nobody seemed overly surprised when he veered off at the last minute into the lavatory. National Front leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, at his party presidential convention in Le...
  • Le Pen plots surprise after poll boost

    11/04/2006 4:45:01 AM PST · by MadIvan · 15 replies · 762+ views
    The Times ^ | November 4, 2006 | Charles Bremner
    The far-Right leader is benefiting from ghetto violence in the race for the presidencyAged 78 but bursting for a new fight, Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of the far Right in France, yesterday savoured news that shook the main parties in the race for the presidency next spring: he is enjoying a surge of popularity. A poll by the CSA institute showed that 17 per cent of voters supported the chief of the National Front. This is eight points higher than the same period before the 2002 election, in which M Le Pen shocked Europe by coming second to Jacques...
  • Gallic intifada :: French Far Right and Left Kiss Up to Islam

    10/16/2006 4:35:44 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 18 replies · 623+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 16, 2006 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Turf-conscious bloggers in Paris' rundown, mostly Muslim, suburban immigrant housing estates rival in violent messages threatening to beat senseless and even kill any intruder caught in "our ghetto." Almost every word is misspelled, in both argot slang and pidgin French. These are not empty threats. An average of 14 policemen a day are injured in bloody clashes with jobless youths. France's Interior Ministry said 2,500 police officers had been "wounded" this year. The head of the hard-line trade union "Action Police" Michel Thooris wrote to Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy to describe conditions in housing developments turned slums as "intifada." Police...
  • Le Pen's daughter : A Joan of Arc for France's Far Right

    09/26/2006 1:31:00 AM PDT · by Republicain · 20 replies · 1,031+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 09/25/2006 | Stefan Simons
    In 2002, far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen managed 17 percent of the vote. This time around, he may do even better -- partly because of his charismatic, attractive daughter Marine. She's steering the party away from skinheads and toward the French countryside. After clearing the plates, the waiters are serving the dessert, a fruit tart, after a dinner of vol-au-vent and beef bourguignon. The air is warm and humid in the banquet room of the "Relais du Miel" in Montargis, a small city only two hours south of Paris by car, where 220 guests are sipping coffee and after-dinner drinks....
  • France : extreme-right leader Le Pen to face trial for Nazi comments

    07/26/2006 3:05:51 PM PDT · by Republicain · 27 replies · 719+ views
    PARIS (EJP)--- France’s extreme-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen will stand trial for comments he made last year when he said that the Nazi occupation of France had not been "particularly inhumane."
  • Le Pen to be tried for denying brutality of Nazi occupation of France

    07/13/2006 12:50:24 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 18 replies · 749+ views
    PARIS - French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has been ordered to stand trial for comments denying the brutality of the Nazi occupation of France during World War II, judicial officials said on Wednesday. Le Pen is under investigation for "justifying war crimes" and "complicity in contesting crimes against humanity." He could appeal the two separate rulings ordering him to stand trial, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. In January 2005, the National Front leader gave an interview to the small, extreme-right newspaper, Rivarol. He was quoted as saying: "In France at least, the German occupation...
  • Philippe de Villiers Speaks to Israel Magazine

    06/06/2006 6:20:36 PM PDT · by rmlew · 6 replies · 282+ views
    This interview appears at the new Occidentalis Blog. The interview was conducted by David Reinharc for Israel Magazine. The image is from Journaux DR - We are familiar with the way Le Pen tripped himself up on the Shoah and with his complacent attitude toward holocaust deniers. What is your position with regard to these "assassins of memory" and should those self-proclaimed historians be punished?PDV - I am, as you know, the son of a man who earned the Resistance Medal, a man who was imprisoned and tortured by the Nazis at Lübeck. Holocaust denial is an abomination and of...
  • Le Pen and French far Right achieve record popularity

    05/21/2006 12:48:19 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 24 replies · 686+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | 21 May 2006 | Kim Willsher
    As the French government tears itself apart amid a trumped-up corruption scandal, and the socialist opposition fails to capitalise on the chaos, Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the far-Right National Front (FN), has gained record levels of support - without saying a word in public. According to a survey in the news magazine Le Point last week, 22 per cent of the French population has a "favourable opinion" of Mr Le Pen - up five per cent from the previous month. The rating is far higher than the 16 per cent popularity which Mr Le Pen scored in polls four...
  • Le Pen convicted of inciting racial hatred (told the truth about Islam)

    05/11/2006 7:32:42 PM PDT · by dennisw · 24 replies · 831+ views
    ireland on line ^ | 11/05/2006 - 13:56:56
    France’s highest court today convicted far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen of inciting racial hatred for telling a newspaper in 2003 that Muslims would one day run France and strike fear into the hearts of the non-Muslim population. The ruling by the Court of Cassation came just over two years after Le Pen was originally convicted in the same case. In February 2005, an appeals court confirmed the 2004 ruling against the president of the National Front party. Le Pen was ordered to pay a €10,000 fine for his remarks in the daily Le Monde and an additional €5,000 in interest...
  • Only educated aliens need apply in Europe

    05/08/2006 3:16:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 492+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 8, 2006 | Elizabeth Bryant
    PARIS -- European governments, facing an immigration debate much like that in the United States, are pulling in the welcome mat, especially for low-skilled, illegal aliens from Africa and other developing regions. Increasingly, governments are introducing immigration tests and other devices to screen out all but the brightest and most qualified in the face of rising anti-immigration sentiments -- despite having an aging population that leaves many European countries in need of new workers to bankroll their welfare states. "There is a general trend toward regulation and restricting immigration and asylum seekers in particular," said Daniele Joly, a specialist on...
  • Le Pen says anti-immigrant views gaining in France

    05/01/2006 7:29:17 PM PDT · by Rodney King · 12 replies · 756+ views
    Reuters ^ | today | Gerard Bon
    Le Pen says anti-immigrant views gaining in France Mon May 1, 2006 11:11 AM ET By Gerard Bon PARIS (Reuters) - Veteran French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen launched his 2007 presidential bid on Monday declaring his anti-immigrant views were gaining ground and that government scandals showed France was now a "banana republic". Le Pen, who shocked France by coming second in the 2002 race against President Jacques Chirac, told a rally outside the Paris Opera that the tough stand on immigration taken by his right-wing rivals showed strong public support for a crackdown. He spoke one day before Interior...
  • Right-winger denounces 'Islamisation of France'

    04/25/2006 1:31:57 AM PDT · by rmlew · 41 replies · 1,282+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | April 24, 2006 | TOM HENEGHAN
    IN PARIS A FAR-right French politician launched his 2007 presidential campaign yesterday by declaring Islam incompatible with France's secular values. Philippe de Villiers, head of the anti-immigrant Movement for France (MPF) party, also charged that Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport was endangered by Islamist radicals, who he claimed had infiltrated the ground staff. Mr Villiers has stirred up controversy in recent weeks with increasingly tough statements about Muslims, which critics call racist and officials describe as exaggerated. France's five million Muslims make up the largest such minority in Europe. "I am the only politician who tells the French the truth...
  • Party on Right Gains Support After (Muslim) Rioting Upsets France

    04/22/2006 5:28:00 PM PDT · by nj26 · 15 replies · 957+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 23, 2006 | CRAIG S. SMITH
    France's far-right political party, the National Front, has emerged stronger than ever from the civil unrest that has plagued the country in the past six months, a new survey shows, suggesting that the party could play a major role in the presidential election next year. The National Front's outspoken and vehemently anti-immigration leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has had occasional bursts of support before: four years ago, he made it to the runoff for president, losing to Jacques Chirac. But after riots by second-generation immigrant youth last fall, Mr. Le Pen's approval rating in polls surged five percentage points, to 21...
  • France's Le Pen To Strike a Deal With Muslims

    02/18/2006 8:53:19 PM PST · by dervish · 77 replies · 1,912+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | 2/17/06 | MICHEL GURFINKIEL
    It looks like a political oxymoron, but Jean-Marie Le Pen's National Front is poised to strike an alliance with France's large immigrant Muslim community. A generation after France's right-wing party began its surge with a tough anti-immigration campaign tinged with both racism and anti-Semitism, three factors are coming into play that could spell a strategic realignment. These factors, which are still little grasped outside political circles in France but will have an enormous impact, include: * The Islamicization of France is largely a fait accompli. It is assumed that 6 to 8 million citizens or residents of France, 10% to...
  • France's Le Pen To Strike a Deal With Muslims-(La France to Al Frankistan)

    02/17/2006 3:52:11 PM PST · by Flavius · 18 replies · 831+ views
    ny sun ^ | February 17, 2006 | MICHEL GURFINKIEL
    It looks like a political oxymoron, but Jean-Marie Le Pen's National Front is poised to strike an alliance with France's large immigrant Muslim community. A generation after France's right-wing party began its surge with a tough anti-immigration campaign tinged with both racism and anti-Semitism, three factors are coming into play that could spell a strategic realignment.