Despite Her Flaws, The Only Responsible Vote in France Next Sunday Is One for Marine Le Pen

Richard Waghorne, Daily Mail (London), April 20, 2012

France’s politics would appear to be in deceptively rude health. As Sunday’s first stage of the country’s two-round presidential election approaches, the vital indicators return vivid signs of life.

Mass meetings in Paris and elsewhere have drawn numbers and passion hard to imagine in some parts of an exhausted Western Europe. Online politics has made an impact for the first time. There is a choice on the ballot paper of ten candidates, ranging as fully from right to left as from plausible to eccentric.

France’s rarely quiescent intellectuals have offered their customary profusion of commentary on the country’s choices.

What France has not confronted honestly is the likelihood that this is the final French election for some time in which the country will vote on its future with an acceptable degree of control over its own destiny. The erosion of French self-government has been commissioned from within and awaits to be ratified from without.

Nicholas Sarkozy has campaigned on the theme of a ‘Strong France’. His speeches consciously allude to the Fifth Republic’s founder General de Gaulle, praising an ‘Eternal France’ Sarkozy himself has never been in danger of embodying. Rather, he is the latest architect of the decline of French democracy to something bordering on irrelevance.

The most urgent, the most assiduously avoided challenge facing France is the erosion of its self-government. Sarkozy’s European policy has abetted the long-desired European federalism of the French political class, through means of government by decree from Brussels and the outright replacement of recalcitrant governments in Greece and Italy.

In other European countries, the surface pretence of politics as usual has only been perpetuated by the craven compliance of hostage governments, as in Ireland. The fundamental deceit is that France herself is immune from the consequences of her president’s betrayal of other ancient European nations.

As the election campaign has demonstrated, this is not so to any extent which would return decisions over economic matters and identity to the French people. France’s banking system is critically exposed to the debts of the delinquent European margins, confirmed in Sarkozy’s last year in office by the trauma of a sovereign downgrade in a country where banks hold a status akin to proxies of the State. This very central standing in French public life, with its implicit expectation of support in crisis, was not enough to convince ratings-agencies of their durability – precisely because it is in question whether the French State possesses the capacity to deliver such support if required.

Although it is unlikely that this will come to pass, should Sarkozy secure re-election he would in all probability find himself faced with the appalling question of whether France herself could survive the humiliation of direction from Berlin and Brussels in the threatened eventuality of Spanish or Italian default.

Much as Friedrich Hayek caustically referred to ‘socialists of all parties’ in the age of British muddy centrism shared between Labour and the Conservatives before the rise of Margaret Thatcher, one might see the choice of leading candidates in France as that between Eurofederalists of various parties. Neither Nicholas Sarkozy nor the likely victor Socialist François Hollande differ in their deference to ever-closer union. Much of their respective programmes must accordingly be discounted entirely as the outlines of an agenda they would never give themselves the liberty to execute.

The insurgent hard-left challenger Jean-Luc Mélenchon numbers the old French Communist Party within his alliance, calls for revolution in Europe, and speaks to supporters who bring Soviet flags to his rallies. The only other candidates polling in double figures, save one, is the centrist François Bayrou who combines many of his opponents’ defects with few redeeming virtues of his own.

In present circumstances, given present choices, the only responsible vote in France next Sunday is a vote for Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s National Front. This requires to be immediately qualified in several important respects:

Le Pen’s protectionist economic policies are both foolish and futile. Her campaign has often been poor and indistinct. This is particularly culpable during a European crisis which ought to have given her party an opportunity unparalleled since inception and suggests serious limits in her own capabilities.

Her efforts to regulate the political instincts of her party mitigate without cancelling out present reminders of its unacceptable past, most notable among which are her vocal and hot-headed father Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Her stalwart defence of France’s right to perpetuate its national identity has forced Nicholas Sarkozy to give the issue a seriousness of attention he failed to grant it while office, but has sometimes been made by appeal to the lower instincts of the French electorate rather than the higher.

Marine Le Pen remains, among an imperfect choice in urgent times, the only candidate capable of saving France’s control over her finances, borders, and identity.

She is the only candidate available to conservative voters advancing the case for an exit from the Euro, the one measure which if executed carefully might yet save France from being swamped by foreign debts amassed elsewhere in a European project largely of its own making.

While Nicholas Sarkozy raises the prospect of securing French borders through withdrawal from the Schengen area, she possesses the requisite disdain for European entanglements which he all too comprehensively does not. Her defence of French national identity in the country with Europe’s most numerous Muslim minority is credible, whereas Sarkozy’s betrays his increasingly impotent opportunism.

France next elects a president to the Élysée Palace in 2017. The most urgent question in this election ought to have been whether the next will matter much. There is no good reason as things stand to believe that France will escape the impotent slide into the morass of multiculturalism and bankrupt late European social democracy.

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  • Bonne chance, Marine.

    The “credible” polling says she’ll come in third, and therefore miss the runoff.  But the same credible polling couldn’t foresee her father coming in first place after the first round of voting in 2002.  I certainly hope she, like her father, runs under the radar, aka the David Duke Effect, the opposite of the Bradley Effect.

  • The__Bobster

    PARIS — France’s Muslim community is mobilizing voters to reject President Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday’s election to punish the conservative leader for his anti-immigrant and anti-Islam rhetoric.

    “[French] Muslims can’t stand it anymore. They are fed up with these debates about national identity, halal meat, the veil or fundamentalism all over the place,” said Francoise Lorcerie, a sociologist with the Institute of Studies on the Arab and Muslim World near Marseille.

    • “French” Muslims will vote for the white socialist?  Gee whiz, Washington Times.  That’s about as insightful as American blacks voting Democrat.

      • But them not voting for Sarkozy is the important part.

        • SintiriNikos

          But not at all surprising. It’s not like they will vote Le Pen. This is not like somebody like Perot spoiling the conservative vote. In fact the Muslims probably wouldn’t vote Sarkozy anyway.

  • ageofknowledge

    Forbid that France would want to do something different to get better results. They are teetering on bankruptcy and filled with social ills.

    • Rational_Liberal

      France is teetering on bankruptcy? What hole in your body did you pull that out of?

  • loyalwhitebriton

    Viva La France. Viva Marine Le Pen.
    Relations between our nations haven’t always been good (to say the least!), but this is about the survival of the white European race.
    No doubt, if the Front National win the Presidential election it would make make a lot of US white nationalists happy. But believe me, over here it would be ELECTRIC!. Can’t wait for the reactions from the BBC and “Call me Dave” Cameron.

  • From what I have seen of her, I like her. She is probably one of the very few politicians who remember what the French identity is and is proud of it. Good luck to you Madame President.

  • Impertinent

    If you’ve seen Sarkozy’s wife….you’ll know where his head must surely be! He is, after all, a Frenchman. Just like the dolt with the IMF that got caught with the Zambian (?) hooker maid in NYC.

    C’est la Vie.

    • IstvanIN

      Sarkozy French?  In what universe?

  • Impertinent

    “Rather, he is the latest architect of the decline of French democracy to something bordering on irrelevance.”
    We really…really need to pay attention to this folks. As France goes…so do we. I can’t think of a more nationalistic nation other than Germany…where pride and country matters. As well as the French way of life. We are and have been… since Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson intrinsically tied to France. The Norwegian “terrorist” who’s on trial now…it just the tip of the proverbial ‘iceberg”. If Europe is to survive the Islamist hordes, terrorists and insane mullahs….she needs to act forcefully….and soon. As we do too.

  • Amen! Vote for Pen!


  • ncpride

    Reading the comments on the orginal article, that seems to be what those nuts are implying. I just can’t wrap my mind around the way those people think. They seem to be totally okay with muslims completely taking over their country, destroying their culture and their very identity. It just boggles the mind….. surely they are not so stupid as to not realize what they are in for… not to mention their children and grandchildren. I really just can’t understand it. I’ve read that there are over 700 ‘no go’ zones in France where the native population dare not go, or the police either for that matter. It seems to me, that should be a real eye opener for what they are in for, yet they insist on defending the very people who are replacing them, and taking their country. That is insanity, plain and simple.

  • Impertinent

    Desole mon ami.

  • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

     Hitler was elected to the Riechstag, which gave him the platform for his party to bully and disrupt, until “providence” provided a crisis that allowed him to take over control from a dithering government.

  • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

    ” C’e n’est pas la vie.”

  • xxxtonygunsxxx

    obama hinted that he hated jews in 2008 and got 78 percent jewish vote maybe this time if he is smart he will make a bold public statement that he hates jews and that will ensure he gets 98 percent of the jewish vote . disgraceful self-hating jews