Marine Le Pen, France’s (Kinder, Gentler) Extremist

Russell Shorto, New York Times, April 29, 2011

[Marine Le Pen has] come to dominate French newspapers and chat shows, where she is depicted variously as the new face of European bigotry or a herald of a new European political realignment.

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When I asked Le Pen to identify something from her childhood that formed her, she said, “20 kilos of dynamite.” In 1976, when she was 8, a bomb tore off the front of the family’s apartment building in Paris while they were asleep. “I realized politics could cost you your life,” she said flatly. As the daughters of a greatly reviled politician, she and her two sisters grew up in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation–taunted by other children and shunned by teachers. “Our childhood was marked by a sense of injustice concerning our father,” her sister Yann Marechal wrote me in an e-mail. “We were the victims of many forms of attack,” Le Pen told me, “of virulent press campaigns and a lot of reprobation from the elites. That forged my character, and it also strengthened me.”

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Le Pen may not become president, but some would argue that she has already succeeded. “Even if she never wins an election, when you release this kind of thinking into society, modernizing the packaging of racism, the consequences go on and on,” Patrick Lozès says.

The advances made by the National Front and other parties in Europe today–the Swiss People’s Party, the Northern League in Italy, Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party in the Netherlands–are all based on the combination of anti-immigrant stances plus economic populism and national patriotism. Mainstream parties across Europe have not found answers to this movement, for which the term “far right” seems increasingly inadequate. “We could be looking at a great realignment of the political positions in Europe,” Laurent Bouvet [a professor of political science at the University of Nice who studies France’s far right] says. “It’s a new populism. Marine Le Pen could lead it.” {snip}

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  • Anonymous

    Racist, Extremist, Bigotry! These terms have no denotation, only a vague connotation. The NYT has always promoted Liberalism, but it used to maintain a fairly high intellectual level. Apparently the NYT has embraced crudeness and ignorance. This must reflect the NYT’s opinion of their readership.

  • Anonymous

    I look forward to the day when the ‘realignment’ is complete.

    There will be the politics of the majority center, and then there will be the far-left extremists who favor immigration.

    Corporations wanting population growth and cheap labor would be made irrelevant in politics.

  • Hirsch

    Seems similar to the furor Thilo Sarazzin unleashed in Germany. The author Charles Willeford once said, “Just tell the truth and they’ll accuse you of black humor.” I would say “Just use common sense and the New York Times will call you an extremist.”

  • Anonymous

    If Algeria can throw the French out of Algeria, and the New York Times thinks that’s wonderful, why can’t the French throw Algerians out of France?

  • Question Diversity

    As the daughters of a greatly reviled politician, she and her two sisters grew up in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation—taunted by other children and shunned by teachers.

    Just taking those lines at face value, you would have thought her father ordered a genocide, or ordered his soldiers to rape children en masse, or used his powers of food distribution to starve tens of millions of people to death. France couldn’t have “greatly reviled” her father too much, because he was the leading vote-getter in the 2002 Presidential election after the first ballot.

  • sbuffalonative

    When I asked Le Pen to identify something from her childhood that formed her, she said, “20 kilos of dynamite.”

    I suspect the reporter wasn’t look for his response. Since the focus of this piece is about Conservative ‘extremism’, I have to wonder if the reporter was hoping she would reveal an incident in her youth that caused her to become a ‘racist’.

    “…the new face of European bigotry “

    A swift and pre-emptive attack to brand her a ‘bigot’.

    These liberal reporters are certainly quick to the story. It’s almost as if someone is directing their every article. That can’t be true because we all know there’s no liberal media.

  • Rhett Orrick

    Mainstream parties across Europe have not found answers to this movement, for which the term “far right” seems increasingly inadequate.

    If the term “far right” seems increasingly inadequate — and it is — then all you dino-media types like NYT please feel free to STOP CALLING US THAT!

    And while you’re at it, you can also quit with the tired and inaccurate smears like “racist”, “fascist”, “nazi”, “extremist”, etc.

    Et bonne chance, Madame Le Pen!

  • WR the elder

    The New York Times promotes illegal immigration and every bit of “pro diversity” nonsense. I have long since learned that being called a “racist” or a “bigot” simply means you have won the argument.

  • SKIP

    “If Algeria can throw the French out of Algeria, and the New York Times thinks that’s wonderful, why can’t the French throw Algerians out of France?”

    Simple! “Cus dat be racissssss…” Besides! it is far to late to try to throw Muslims out of France, only brutal violence will come of trying, so any country that thinks they can simply throw Muslims out of the country better be prepared to do some harsh stuff.

  • Anonymous

    The New York Times, Washington Post, L.A Times and others are all suitable to wrap fish, but nothing more. Really, what thinking White American takes these rags seriously?

    So it is bigotry to want France to be French? Then what does the NY Times call it when the Blacks expel, or simply kill, White Rhodesians, and Boer South Africans? They have no problem with that, obviously.

  • French analyst

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    In truth, the French “Pied-noirs” were thrown out of Algeria because the General De Gaulle (who was in fact a healthy “racist”) wanted a complete split between the Arab and French populations, so he sacrificed them. If he had not done that, there would not be 6 million Arabs in mainland France, but 20 millions in a French/Algerian state, and the French economy would resemble that of Turkey, plus rampant ethnic strife. But despite that split, we nevertheless still slowly head towards Turkey.

    It would take decades of revolution and civil war, and a total collapse of the state to allow the repatriation of our “guests”. So unfortunately, I believe that France became a multiracial nation like the USA. The Front National could do little against that.

  • highduke

    Le Pen the father & the daughter have always been friends of Orthodox Slavs & secular nationalist Arabs. The father met regularly with Zhirinovski, Seselj, Saddam & Gadhafi in the 90s. I dont see Wilders pursuing the same policy today.

  • Jack in Chicago

    (The WN party successes in Europe) are all based on the combination of anti-immigrant stances plus economic populism and national patriotism.”

    Very true.

    Americans need to do the same and get away from the same old, same old Libertarian, Constitutionalist legal hair splitting that has trapped our people in failure for over 50 years.

    libertarianism, economic conservative programs of letting business hire and fire whoever they like and letting markets determine wages – this is a recipe for driving our White working class to Neo Communism, to groups like the SEU.

    The Front National is successful now because they made the correct decision in the 1970s to target White French steel workers and move them out of the Communist camp and in to the nationalist camp.

    American WN must now do the same – embrace folks like the Teamsters Union over Florida and California (White) agribusiness owners that flood our nation with sub minimum wage slave NWs.

  • Duran Dahl

    The face of white resistance to the Marxist-globalist agenda will adapt to local conditions…and has. I have a great deal of faith in the French to save France…albeit not without bloodshed. The English are still so tied up with class issues that they will not attend to their own racial survival. They are divided and will be conquered. England is doomed to be the object lesson for the rest of Mother-Europe. Fight or die. Vive La Belle France! Vive Le Pen!

  • Browser

    France couldn’t have “greatly reviled” her father too much, because he was the leading vote-getter in the 2002 Presidential election after the first ballot. ….QD

    ……………………

    Yes, true. But she specifically said that they were reviled by the media “elites”, not by the indigenous French people.

    We were the victims of many forms of attack,” Le Pen told me, “of virulent press campaigns and a lot of reprobation from the elites. That forged my character, and it also strengthened me.”

  • Anonymous

    “American WN must now do the same – embrace folks like the Teamsters Union over Florida and California (White) agribusiness owners that flood our nation with sub minimum wage slave NWs.”

    What? Embrace the Teamsters Union or any of today’s unions that are all for the invasion of the USA! They aren’t any better than these pro-immigrant, pro-illegals movement that is engulfing our race!

  • Sardonicus

    Anyone who objects to the privileged global elites flooding their respected countries with Third World immigrants is an “extremist” according to the New York Times. Marine Le Pen is a patriot trying to preserve what is left of old France for future generations. The violence and slow genocide of whites in South Africa is not a problem with the “respectable” New York Times, but any public doubts about diversity or “Eurabia” is pure bigotry to their editorial board.

  • Willie Brown

    Read the NYT article. Did not read where the paper itself declared her an extremeist, bigot or racist.

  • Dario

    A good rule of thumb to follow is that if the NYT hates you, you must be doing something right.

  • Anonymous

    Funny thing about the NYT – when the ‘internet’ started to expose their inaccuracy, lying, distortions – and sales began to plummet, AND they were exposed by books like coloring the news – they didn’t try to improve, they became even MORE biased- same with other failing MSM giants – Newsweek, CNN, etc.

  • Browser

    Read the NYT article. Did not read where the paper itself declared her an extremeist, bigot or racist.-

    –Willie Brown

    __________________________

    What?!?

    YOU should go back and read it again. You don’t have to get past the very first sentence, where it states:

    “she is depicted variously as the new face of European bigotry.

  • Graham Richards

    And what does the NYT have to say about socialist, Dominique Strauss – Khan, contender of the French Presidency on this fine morning??

  • Question Diversity

    NYT admits – Strauss-Khan arrest helps Marine Le Pen: http://goo.gl/Kox0l

  • Anonymous

    To #18:

    Your point is valid. The NYT of 60 years ago would have called her a racist, extremist and bigot, and then would have given the reasons why she should be so classified. Today’s NYT simply quotes diverse sources which do call her these names. It also uses these terms and LePen in close proximity, implicitly linking her to racism, extemism, and bigotry, without actually stating: LePen is a bigot, a racist, or an extremist.

    Sixty years ago the NYT readership was intelligent; today it is vapid. The NYT is following the old carnival rule: You got to work the crowd that shows up.

  • François

    Marine Le Pen is no bigot. She wants France to remain French, that’s all. Some socialist liberals, in France, would like their country to become something like a Third World Arab dump, with tires burning on the streets, etc.

  • Cid Campeador

    23 — Question Diversity wrote at 7:23 PM on May 15:

    “NYT admits – Strauss-Khan arrest helps Marine Le Pen:” http://goo.gl/Kox0l

    I sure hope that the old degenerate rapist is correct. He’s just like the primitives whom he supports and lest we forget his name IS Khan.

    France needs Le Pen although she does resent what she perceives as US meddling, I fear that she’s right. We need to clean our own house before proposing to lecture others. France needs to restore in Gallic pride amd nationalism . One assumes that they are recovering from their bout with “tolerance” now that they see the destructive nature of those with whom they exercise it.

    Vive Marine et vive La France!

  • Cid Campeador

    23 — Question Diversity wrote at 7:23 PM on May 15:

    “NYT admits – Strauss-Khan arrest helps Marine Le Pen:” http://goo.gl/Kox0l

    I sure hope that the old degenerate rapist is correct. He’s just like the primitives whom he supports and lest we forget his name IS Khan.

    France needs Le Pen although she does resent what she perceives as US meddling, I fear that she’s right. We need to clean our own house before proposing to lecture others. France needs to restore in Gallic pride amd nationalism . One assumes that they are recovering from their bout with “tolerance” now that they see the destructive nature of those with whom they exercise it.

    Vive Marine et vive La France!

  • Cid Campeador

    23 — Question Diversity wrote at 7:23 PM on May 15:

    “NYT admits – Strauss-Khan arrest helps Marine Le Pen:” http://goo.gl/Kox0l

    I sure hope that the old degenerate rapist is correct. He’s just like the primitives whom he supports and lest we forget his name IS Khan.

    France needs Le Pen although she does resent what she perceives as US meddling, I fear that she’s right. We need to clean our own house before proposing to lecture others. France needs to restore in Gallic pride amd nationalism . One assumes that they are recovering from their bout with “tolerance” now that they see the destructive nature of those with whom they exercise it.

    Vive Marine et vive La France!

  • Say It!

    As long a Caucasians cower at the threat of being called “racist” for sensibly trying to protect themselves with rational government policies their enemies will win, and be delighted at how easy it is to sucker “sensitive” whites.

    Whites just have to get over their foolish sense of guilt and fear of the word “racist”. That alone would go a long way toward their future survival which now looks doubtful.

  • Anonymous

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    The family has a closeness, and a dedication to an iconic ideal of the French state, that seems almost cultish. All three girls became party stalwarts; all married within the party.

    >

    What is it with ‘Family Affairs’ as a pro-woman label and the realities of politics? You don’t get -anywhere- in politics unless you can swing an administrative infrastructure into place to execute your policies through delegation, like an army or a business.

    This delegation is usually purchased, as payola to other groups for coming onboard your political platform and seldom has anything at all to do with commonality of identity. Or ‘family’ (the mob should be so ruthless…).

    Indeed, anytime you bring a ‘family’ attitude of inner-circle friends and in-house expertise, you become vulnerable to accusations of croneyism in what is seen as a business venture before anything else, by everyone else.

    ‘Insular and exclusive = royal’ and frightens the Elitists who have made their fortunes on being part of an organized scheme of commercial disenfranchisement as fraud, selling out national -and- popular interests.

    Small-and-tight doesn’t work in a world where ‘getting past WWII’ is only possible whenever the opposition decides not to mention that Hitler spent 5 years on the road, driving around Germany between nationalist rallies, with only a small entourage of friends and fellow believers to keep him from being shot by enemies both foreign and domestic (46 assassination attempts by the time he was ‘elected’).

    This will not end well. The moneyed French snobs will either frame her for some faux pax or, as a last resort, elect her with great reluctance and then isolate her narrow power base with greater numbers so that it seems whatever she attempts is derailed and sabotaged into ineffectuality.

    Jean-Marie (the father) ‘didn’t want to rule’. But Marine Le Penn must have a cognizant and driving will to do exactly that if she is truly to make her mark. Which means making promises that are vile to people she wouldn’t want anywhere near her ‘family’. Lest they disown her, like she did her mother.

    Wrapping herself in the flag of a dead Republique and naming her children after past kings and heroes is just fantasy fluff.

    I’m afraid that, with ‘untold millions’ (Dead Jewish Ghosts vs. Her Father as much as Muslims vs. Gallic French) against her, adoption of the autocratic solution to France’s ethnic identity problem is impossible. And without a common thread of enough-is-enough coming from other EU statesmen looking for an escape clause from ‘The Prisoner’ like EU subjugation of racial identity, there will never be a bloodless solution that any French politician, let alone an ‘all in the family’ woman, can achieve.

    The alternative is longterm denial of services shutdown of ethnic privilege and a very hard shoulder turned against further attempted immigration, to include criminal charges, for those whose ‘point of origin’ exceeds that of EU borderless enforcement authority.

    And Le Front Nationale will not survive such a war of attrition before the Elites find a way to embarrass them out of office. Public opinion being like a goldfish’ memory: intense to any immediate stimulus but lacking in longterm recall of purpose.

  • Anonymous

    26 — Cid Campeador wrote at 2:33 PM on May 16:

    23 — Question Diversity wrote at 7:23 PM on May 15:

    “NYT admits – Strauss-Khan arrest helps Marine Le Pen:” http://goo.gl/Kox0l

    I sure hope that the old degenerate rapist is correct. He’s just like the primitives whom he supports and lest we forget his name IS Khan.

    —————————————————————-

    It is Strauss-Khan.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominique_Strauss-Kahn

  • Browser

    It is Strauss-Khan.

    We often read here about those vague, mysterious “elites”. They are like fictitious creatures you only read about, but never see. Fairies in the air, whose existence is doubtful. Well, here is one of them, nabbed red-handed, and photographed while in police custody. Attempting to escape the country in his first class seat on Air France.

    And he’s the Socialist Party’s darling, please note! (He got his start as a Communist, btw.) How’s that for a joke?

    I do hope those toiling French workers back home who support the Socialists are reading up carefully on this story. This man, known for his lavish tastes and lifestyle was staying in a $3,000. a night suite in a luxury NY hotel. Yes, a true representative of the working class!

    This shows how their workers’ movement has been subverted by cynical opportunists like him. Oh, and read up also on his wife, Ann “Sinclair”, a very influential French-American journalist in France. That’s not her real name by the way, and she is no more French or American than he is. Neither one has a drop of French blood. (He grew up in Morocco, son of a Tunisian-Moroccan family. But I see that his Wiki biog has already been re-written since yesterday!!!) She grew up sort of here, sort of there, but not part of either. Both come from wealth.

    These are the people running the International Monetary Fund and regulating what French viewers see on TV; they are the people who determine what news we hear, what opions we have, and what our money is worth. These are the mysterious, un-elected, shadowy “elite” who control our destinies from behind the curtain. But sometimes they slip up, as he just did.

    Is it any wonder why France is in the perilous shape that it is? At least Marine LePen is really French and is representative of France and the French people. But that would be politically incorrect to mention, and probably illegal in France.