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  • ‘Democratic Union for French Muslims’ set to Contest Elections in France

    02/22/2015 7:38:55 AM PST · by PROCON · 21 replies
    breitbart ^ | Feb. 22, 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    A Muslim political party will be contesting seats at next month’s regional elections in France, standing on a platform which includes promises to expand the halal industry and allow girls to wear the burqa. Critics have called the Democratic Union for French Muslims a “catastrophe”, claiming that it flies in the face of France’s secular history, but it’s founder insists that his party promotes religious tolerance. 10 percent of the French population is Muslim, giving the party a potential support base of around 6 million voters. “Muslims don’t feel well served by any of the traditional parties,” the party’s founder,...
  • Madonna decries French anti-Semitism: ‘It feels like Nazi Germany’

    03/01/2015 11:30:29 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/01/2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Madonna claimed Friday that the anti-Semitism in France and elsewhere in Europe has become so bad that “it feels like Nazi Germany.” Speaking to French radio station Europe 1, the 56-year-old singer lamented that France was once a country “that embraced everyone and encouraged freedom in every way, shape or form,” Us Magazine reported.
  • French PM warns far-right could win 2017 vote

    03/08/2015 8:03:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 08 Mar 2015 16:41 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned Sunday that the far-right Front National (FN) party could win the next presidential election in 2017, saying their policies were a “disaster” for the country. “Do you not think that a FN which wins 25 percent in European elections and maybe 30 percent in local elections… cannot win the presidential election?” Valls said on French television channel iTele. “Not in 2022, not in 2029, but in 2017,” he added. Polls showed that the FN could win an “unprecedented” score in forthcoming local elections on March 22nd and 29th, Valls said. …
  • National Front Set To Be Biggest Party In France As Polls Put Them On 29 Percent (Jews joining)

    03/07/2015 1:06:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | March 6, 2015 | A.B. Sanderson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Having topped the polls in last year’s European Election, Marine Le Pen’s National Front is set to become the biggest party in France with the French Prime Minister accusing the party of wanting to “kidnap France” at this month’s regional elections. The latest polling data, which comes after it was revealed French Jews are increasingly turning to the right wing party, puts the National Front on 29 per cent, four points clear of the opposition UMP and creating a significant gap between them and the socialists on 21 per cent, The Local reports. The country votes on March 22nd...
  • French Leader Warns: Washington Wants War in Europe

    02/09/2015 5:27:44 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies
    macedoniaonline.eu ^ | 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...
  • Front National’s Le Pen Consolidates Lead in First Presidential Poll Since Charlie Hebdo

    01/30/2015 8:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | January 30, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    A new poll commissioned by French magazine Marianne reveals that if presidential elections happened today, Le Pen would gather the most votes and France’s unpopular incumbent President Hollande would be knocked out in the first round. It’s the first opinion poll on voting intentions this year, and the solid advantage enjoyed by Le Pen and her traditional-conservative Front National (FN) party appears to have been confirmed in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris earlier this month. Front National is the only mainstream French political movement that shows willing to tackle the problem of rising Islamism, and this...
  • Le Pen presses France to condemn 'Islamists'

    01/19/2015 8:16:15 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 1/18/2015 | unknown
    "Let us call things by their rightful names, since the French government seems reluctant to do so," Le Pen wrote in a New York Times op-ed.
  • PETER HITCHENS: The sinister, screeching mob who want to kill free speech (And no, I DON'T mean the

    01/10/2015 11:24:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | January 10, 2015 | Peter Hitchens
    Once again we are ruled by a Dictatorship of Grief. Ever since the death of Princess Diana, we have been subject to these periodic spasms when everyone is supposed to think and say the same thing, or else. We were told on Friday that ‘politicians from all sides’ had lined up to attack Ukip’s Nigel Farage for supposedly ‘exploiting’ the Paris massacre. Mr Farage had (quite reasonably) pointed out that the presence of Islamist fanatics in our midst might have something to do with, a) uncontrolled mass migration from the Muslim world, and b) decades of multicultural refusal to integrate...
  • ‘We vomit’ on Charlie Hebdo’s sudden friends, staff cartoonist says

    01/10/2015 8:23:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    themalaymailonline.com ^ | January 10, 2015 07:55 PM
    “We have a lot of new friends, like the pope, Queen Elizabeth and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. It really makes me laugh,” Bernard Holtrop, whose pen name is Willem, told the Dutch centre-left daily Volkskrant in an interview published today. France’s far-right National Front leader “Marine Le Pen is delighted when the Islamists start shooting all over the place,” said Willem, 73, a long-time Paris resident who also draws for the French leftist daily Liberation. He added: “We vomit on all these people who suddenly say they are our friends.”
  • 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: 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...
  • Two Members of French Far-Right Expelled Over Laxative Prank

    01/01/2015 4:59:08 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | New Year's Day 2015 | Staff
    Two young members of France's far right National Front have been expelled from the party for spiking the drink of its second-in-command with a laxative, reports AFP. The incident took place while the party's vice-president Louis Aliot, who is also the boyfriend of party leader Marine Le Pen, was visiting the party's Bordeaux offices several months ago, according to Wednesday's report. The deputy secretary general of the National Front, Nicolas Bay, told AFP that three party members sought to disrupt the meeting by slipping a laxative into Aliot's wine glass. Bay accused the trio, who were hauled before the party's...
  • Far-right leaders vow to 'save Europe' at French gathering

    11/30/2014 1:04:39 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    france24.com ^ | November 30, 2014 | Benjamin Dodman
    Representatives of Eurosceptic and far-right groups from Italy to Bulgaria gathered at the National Front party conference in Lyon at the weekend to warn France and Europe of a “neo-Ottoman” onslaught of Islam-preaching, benefit-stealing migrants. Digging through the history books, Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), warned that “Arab armies plundered Lyon in 725 and are now busy doing the same in Iraq and Syria”. Strache went on to blast Europe’s mainstream parties for, among other things, stoking “mass immigration, ideological terror, gay marriage and gender theory”. The Austrian far-right leader was one of seven foreign...
  • Marine Le Pen takes poll lead in race for next French presidential election

    08/01/2014 12:37:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    ft.com ^ | 7/31/14 | Hugh Carnegy
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6a09af64-18a7-11e4-a51a-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz397k1epX7 The growing threat to France’s mainstream political leaders posed by Marine Le Pen, head of France’s far-right National Front, has been underscored by an opinion poll putting her in the lead for the first time in the race for the next presidential election. The charismatic Ms Le Pen has overtaken former centre-right president Nicolas Sarkozy in voting intentions if the first...
  • Euronazis: Who Supports Putin in the West?

    04/27/2014 12:24:21 PM PDT · by annalex · 58 replies
    UNIAN Information Agency ^ | April 26, 2014 | S.Parkhomenko, T.Stezhar
    Euronazis: Who Supports Putin in the West? 26.04.2014 | 22:33S.Parkhomenko, T.Stezhar Full list of foreign observers to a Crimean pseudo-referendum has become public. Names of “friends of Putin” (who doesn’t stop claiming that there has been a “fascist coup” in Ukraine) will make you consider very carefully, who should be called a fascist. Names of “friends of Putin” will make you consider very carefully who should be called a fascist. / REUTERS Back in early March of 2014, two weeks ahead of the pseudo-referendum and annexation of Ukrainian Crimea, in one of the Russian newspapers, a prominent historian and religious...
  • France's Le Pen, in Moscow, Blames EU for New 'Cold War'

    04/19/2014 12:56:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    reuters.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Alessandra Prentice
    Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front, blamed the European Union for declaring a new Cold War on Russia that would hurt all concerned, Russian media reported on Saturday as she paid an official visit to Moscow. Europe-Russia relations are at their lowest ebb in decades after President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea prompted the EU to impose sanctions on dozens of prominent Russian officials and lawmakers. However Le Pen, along with other Eurosceptic leaders of the far left and nationalist right, believe the original fault lies with Brussels for offering closer ties with Ukraine, a move Russia...
  • Putin's Western Allies: Why Europe's Far Right Is on the Kremlin's Side

    03/29/2014 9:48:21 AM PDT · by annalex · 82 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | MARCH 25, 2014 | Mitchell A. Orenstein
    Putin's Western Allies: Why Europe's Far Right Is on the Kremlin's Side Gabor Vona, president of the Hungarian radical right-wing party "Jobbik," delivers a speech at a rally in Budapest, March 15, 2014.(Bernadett Szabo / Courtesy Reuters) Given that one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stated reasons for invading Crimea was to prevent “Nazis” from coming to power in Ukraine, it is perhaps surprising that his regime is growing closer by the month to extreme right-wing parties across Europe. But, in both cases, Putin’s motives are not primarily ideological. In Ukraine, he simply wants to grab territory that he believes...
  • Marine Le Pen's Worldview: Oppose America, Embrace Iran

    02/11/2014 8:07:19 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 28 replies
    Gatestone institute ^ | Feb 6, 2014 | Peter Martino
    Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National (FN), the most likely winner of the upcoming municipal and European elections in France, held a press conference on January 22, in which she presented the foreign policy of her party, including a passionate plea for France to break off its relations with Saudi Arabia and ally itself to Iran. Sitting next to her foreign policy advisor Aymeric Chauprade, Le Pen advocated that France should sever its links with Saudi Arabia, "America's... ally" and a "dangerous country ruled by extremist clans, who, since the origin of Wahhabism, have but one goal: to...
  • Don’t call us “far right”, says France’s Marine Le Pen

    10/05/2013 1:38:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/04/2013 | Tony Todd
    The leader of France’s anti-EU and anti-immigration National Front (FN) said Thursday that she wants to take media organizations who call her party “far right” to court. Marine Le Pen described the term as “defamatory” and “insulting”, and insisted that using it went “against the standards of journalistic impartiality”. The FN, she said, was “neither left wing nor right wing” and simply had radically different ideas from the mainstream parties such as the UMP (center-right opposition) and the ruling Socialists. …
  • 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...
  • Madonna Booed, Called 'Slut' in France, Starts Riots 

    07/26/2012 11:01:04 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 42 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 27, 2012 | Staff
      After performing for only 45 minutes, the pop star incurred the wrath of concertgoers who gathered in front of the Paris concert venue to demand their money back. French fans took Madonna’s “Express Yourself” lyrics seriously on Thursday night when they booed and expressed anger at the singer for cutting her show at famed Paris concert hall l’Olympia short after around just 45 minutes. After Madonna left the stage, fans remained in their seats booing and yelling insults like “salope,” the French word for “slut.” PHOTOS: Madonna's Iconic Career and Life in Pictures Madonna took the stage around 10:15 p.m....
  • Leftists lead French parliamentary vote

    06/10/2012 8:29:33 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 41 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 10, 2012  | ANGELA CHARLTON
    Leftist candidates led the first round of France's parliamentary elections Sunday, according to polling agencies and partial official results, in a vote that is crucial to President Francois Hollande's Socialist agenda. Hollande needs leftists to take control of the lower house of parliament — currently dominated by conservatives — to carry out his plans to redirect France's economy, with repercussions around debt-laden Europe. Conservatives said the Socialists' spending plans could cripple France just as it and other European countries are being asked to rescue Spain. Based on Sunday's first round, polling agencies predict that Socialists and other leftists will take...
  • French Face a Battle to Control Parliament

    06/09/2012 6:02:37 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 8, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
      François Hollande may have been elected France’s president only a month ago, but the fate of his presidency will rest largely on the results of legislative elections that begin Sunday and conclude a week later. Mr. Hollande, a Socialist, barely won over a deeply unpopular Nicolas Sarkozy, in part by remaining vague about his policies. That tactical vagueness has continued through this campaign for the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, which is to a great extent a continuation of the presidential campaign. Mr. Hollande has been presenting himself as a “normal” president, unveiling an amateurish-looking official portrait that...
  • 'Far-right' Vienna ball condemned on Holocaust Day Marine le Pen to attend

    01/28/2012 12:12:54 PM PST · by Cincinna · 13 replies
    BBC UK ^ | January 27 2012 | staff
    'Far-right' Vienna ball condemned on Holocaust Day Protesters voiced their outrage over the timing of the ball Continue reading the main story Related Stories Hitler's hometown revokes honour Vienna to honour WWII deserters Austria still haunted by Nazi past Protesters in Austria marking Holocaust Remembrance Day have condemned organisers of a ball which was expected to be attended by far-right leaders. Greens' Party head Eva Glavischnig said guests at Vienna's WKR event would be "dancing on the graves of Auschwitz" - a reference to the Nazi death camp. But the organisers rejected the accusations, saying the ball was always held...
  • Sarkozy's Popularity Regains Ground On Crisis Handling

    11/22/2011 3:36:04 PM PST · by Cincinna · 3 replies
    NASDAQ.com ^ | November 22, 2011 | Gabriele Parussini
    The euro-zone crisis and the streak of European and global summits over the past month boosted the poll ratings of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who appeared to gain some of the ground he had lost to Socialist challenger Francois Hollande five months ahead of the presidential election next May, when he's expected to seek a second mandate, a poll showed. If the first round of presidential elections had been held Sunday, Sarkozy would have garnered 29% of the votes, trailing Hollande by only 1 percentage point, a LH2-Yahoo! poll published late Sunday showed. Far-right leader Marine Le Pen came third...
  • In France, far right capitalizes on euro crisis

    10/07/2011 4:01:11 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | October 7, 2011 | Geert De Clercq
    Amneville, a town in the Moselle region of northeastern France, does not look like a fault-line in the euro zone. The smell of grilled chicken wafts over the marketplace on a recent Saturday morning, the CD vendor plays German oom-pah music, and the sky behind the ochre clock tower is a steely blue. Yet the single currency is a target for an unusual politician canvassing stallholders and shoppers in this town near the German border. Fabien Engelmann, a 32-year old municipal plumber with tight-cropped hair, was an activist with France's leading trade union and a Trotskyist for many years. Later...
  • Sarkozy suffers poll setback as far-right closes in

    03/20/2011 2:55:44 PM PDT · by Republicain · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/20/2011
    PARIS (Reuters) - Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front gave French President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservatives a fright on Sunday, snapping at the heels of the mainstream center-right in poorly attended local elections. With 86 percent of votes counted, Interior Minister Claude Gueant said the president's center-right supporters had won 32.5 percent of the vote, with left-wing parties totaling 48 percent and Le Pen's anti-immigrant party polling 15 percent.
  • 'France is collapsing,' Le Pen says

    03/19/2011 7:49:47 AM PDT · by Republicain · 11 replies
    France24 ^ | 03/17/2011
    After several polls showed Marine Le Pen more than holding her own against rivals in a hypothetical presidential match-up, FRANCE 24 sat down with the far-right leader for a wide-ranging interview touching on Europe, immigration and nuclear energy. Riding high on strong showings in a handful of French polls on the 2012 presidential election, National Front leader Marine Le Pen has had an early start on the campaign trail. The far right politician, who took over from her father as head of the party in January, sat down with FRANCE 24 journalist Roselyne Fčbvre for an interview covering a wide...
  • 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."
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Le Pen's Daughter Aims At Acceptability (France)

    09/28/2003 4:52:39 PM PDT · by Pubbie · 19 replies · 197+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | September 26 2003 | Jo Johnson
    Marine Le Pen, daughter of the leader of France's National Front, is raring to go. Described as "an ideal physical specimen" by Jean-Marie Le Pen and wryly as "the clone" by her mother, the 35-year-old lawyer has one overriding objective: to become the acceptable, electable face of the extreme right. Her political skills will be put to the test next March when she runs for the presidency of the greater Paris regional council, in the first elections since last year's presidential vote produced the biggest upset in French postwar political history. Campaigning in a region that boasts 11m inhabitants will...