RT, YouTube, May 1, 2011
While the EU forces France to accept more and more immigrants, the country has already had enough, with anti-ethnic sentiments growing every year, believes Marine Le Pen, head of the far-right party National Front. Marine follows the political line of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the National Front, who is famous in France and all over the world for his conservative and anti-immigration views. In her interview to RT, Le Pen claims the EU is expanding at France’s expense. “We no longer control our own territory, our currency or our laws. We don’t decide who comes in, or stays in our country. They impose directives on us without even consulting people. All this is hurting our economy and discouraging foreign investment.”
According to Le Pen, the European Union wants to force 150 million immigrants on France over the next 30 years, explaining it by low birth rate. “Well let’s encourage people to have kids, as they do elsewhere in the world, rather than wave in the immigrants,” argues Le Pen. She believes the problem is also that French people should be liberated from the inside, freed of the “guilt that their leaders have placed in them for so many years”. “Immigration is an organized replacement of our population. This threatens our very survival. We don’t have the means to integrate those who are already here. The result is endless cultural conflict.”
Having worked as a lawyer who defended immigrants, Marine Le Pen claims she does not hate immigrants themselves, she is only against ceaseless immigration. “You can be against immigration, fight immigration, suspend all immigration, but not hate immigrants as individuals. I understand immigrants want a better future here. But I honestly say to them–’you can’t find a better future here.’ We’re finding it hard to give a better future to our own people as it is.” Le Pen insists that no community should shut itself off from the state, having its own laws or rights. Everyone must submit to the French way of life, its practices, traditions and rights, with no exceptions.
Le Pen calls the National Front “a party of patriots” and says it is understandable why the current French government does not like them. “Since we defend our country and give power back to our people, so a nation can be sovereign and people can make their own decisions, the political elite see us as a threat.” She believes that France should stop “bowing to America’s decisions” and strengthen its ties with Russia instead. “I believe we should turn to Russia for economic and energy partnerships. I think very objectively this ‘Cold War’ imposed by America on relations with Russia is a huge political error.”