France’s Triumphant ‘Joan of Arc’ Vows to Bring Back Franc and Destroy Euro

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph (London), June 30, 2013

Marine Le Pen is spoiling for a fight. The leader of France’s Front National vows to smash the existing order of Europe and force the break-up of monetary union, if she wins the next election.

It is no longer an implausible prospect. “We cannot be seduced,” she said, brimming with confidence after her party secured 46pc of the vote in a by-election earthquake a week ago. Her candidate trounced the ruling Socialists in their own bastion of Villeneuve-sur-Lot.

“The euro ceases to exist the moment that France leaves, and that is our incredible strength. What are they going to do, send in tanks?” she told the Daily Telegraph at the Front National’s headquarters, an unmarked building tucked away in the Paris suburb of Nanterre. Her office is small and workaday, almost austere.

“Europe is just a great bluff. One side there is the immense power of sovereign peoples, and on the other side are a few technocrats,” she said.

For the first time, the Front National is running level with the two governing parties of post-War France, Socialists and Gaullistes. All are near 21pc in national polls, though the Front alone has the wind in its sails.

Yet it is the detail in the Villeneuve vote that has shocked the political class. The Front scored highest in the most Socialist cantons, a sign that it may be breaking out of its Right-wing enclaves to become the mass movement of the white working class.

Commentators have begun to talk of “Left-LePenism” as she outflanks the Socialists with attacks on banks and cross-border capitalism. Anna Rosso-Roig, a candidate for the Communist Party in the 2012 elections, has just defected to the Le Pen camp.

The Socialists had thought the rising star of Marine Le Pen would work to their advantage, splitting the Right. Now they discern a deadly threat. Industry minister Arnaud Montebourg lashed out last week, blaming Brussels for playing into the hands of the Front National by running roughshod over democracies and pushing austerity a l’outrance.

Mrs Le Pen said her first order of business on setting foot in the Elysee Palace will be to announce a referendum on EU membership, “rendez vous” one year later. “I will negotiate over the points on which there can be no compromise. If the result is inadequate, I will call for withdrawal,” she said.

The four sticking points are the currency, border control, the primacy of French law, and what she calls “economic patriotism”, the power for France to pursue “intelligent protectionism” and safeguard it social model. “I cannot imagine running economic policy without full control over our own money,” she said.

Asked if she intends to pull France of the euro immediately, she said: “Yes, because the euro blocks all economic decisions. France is not a country that can accept tutelage from Brussels,” she said.

Officials will be told to draw up plans for the restoration of the franc. Eurozone leaders will face a stark choice: either work with France for a “sortie concertee” or coordinated EMU break-up: or await their fate.

Mrs Le Pen fears that other EMU states will resist and let “financial Armaggedon” run its course, but it is a risk that has be taken.

Her plan is based on a study by economists from l’École des Hautes Études in Paris led by Professor Jacques Sapir. It concludes that France, Italy, and Spain would all benefit greatly from EMU-exit, restoring lost labour competitiveness at a stroke without years of depression.

They say the eurozone’s North-South imbalances have already gone beyond the point of no return. Attempts to reverse this by deflation and wage cuts must entail mass unemployment and loss of the industrial core. The current strategy of internal devaluation is self-defeating in any case, since recession causes debt ratios to climb faster.

Prof Sapir said the gains are greatest in a coordinated break-up with capital controls where central bank intervention steers the new currencies to target levels. The model assumes that the D-Mark and Guilder is held to a 15pc rise against the old euro, while the Franc falls 20pc.

The gains are less if EMU collapses in acrimony and currencies overshoot. This would inflict a violent deflation shock on Germany, but would still be strongly positive for the Latin bloc.

“A lot of politicians have been coming to see me, both Gaullistes and Socialists. They agree, but don’t want to come out publicly. They want somebody else to take the lead. If Marine Le Pen wishes to use my work, I have no problem,” he said.

Mrs Le Pen is a single mother of 44, more relaxed about gay rights and abortion than she lets on, closer in some ways to the assassinated Dutch populist Pim Fortuyn than to her cantankerous father Jean Le Pen, who stepped down as party leader two years ago. Mr Le Pen in turn deplores her eclectic modernism as an overlay of “petit bourgeois” views picked up in Paris schools.

She has carried out a quiet purge of the Front, pushing known anti-semites to the sidelines. Vichy nostalgia is out. While her father called the Holocaust an historical “detail”, she calls it the “pinnacle of human barbarism”. She courts Jewish favour, aiming her fire at Jihadists instead. “Political parties are like people. There is adolescence when you do do crazy things, and then maturity. We are now ready for power,” she said.

This campaign of “dédiabolisation” or image detox seems to have worked. Only a minority of voters still thinks the Front is a “threat to democracy”. Mrs Le Pen is winning over white working class women in droves. The feminized Front is no longer the party of the angry white male. The softer image is why finance minister Pierre Moscovici describes her as “more dangerous than her father”.

It is her defence of the French welfare model and her critique of capitalism that gives her a Leftist hue — some call it 1930s national socialism — so far in outlook from Britain’s UKIP. She sounds like Occupy activists in her attacks on high finance and the way corporations profit from labour arbitrage, playing off wages in the West against cheap labour in Asia. “It is the law of the jungle,” she said.

Nor is she on the UKIP page with her broadsides against Washington and Nato, or her call for France to retake its place as “non-aligned” voice in a multipolar world. It is an anti-Atlanticist patriotism.

She claims to be the true heir of General Charles de Gaulle, accusing the Gaulliste UMP party of selling its soul to Europe and the Anglo-Saxon order. “There was a de Gaulle of the Left, and a de Gaulle of the Right. There were two de Gaulles. We stand for both,” she said.

Mrs Le Pen said the Socialists are in melt-down, victim of their own subservience to EU economic doctrines, while their barrage of attacks on Germany’s Angela Merkel smacks of a dependency syndrome. “They whine about Chancellor Merkel, the wicked enforcer who metes out punishment, but Merkel is merely defending the interests of Germany, which are not the same as ours.”

She said the EMU crisis is structural. North and South need different exchange rates. “The D-Mark would be rising if it were not for the euro, and that means Germany has a chronically undervalued currency. The euro is far too strong for France, and it is eating away our competitiveness,” she said.

It is hard know whether the French people would ever vote en masse for an all-out clash with Europe, let alone for her Jeanne d’Arc messianism. Yet the longer the economic slump goes on, the greater the risk for Brussels and Berlin that French patience will snap, setting off one of those eruptions that have punctuated French history through the ages.

A recent Pew Foundation survey said French support for the EU Project has collapsed from 60pc to 40pc over the last year, and 77pc think economic integration has been damaging.

President Francois Hollande says the EMU crisis is “finished” and recovery is at hand, though it is not clear what will break the vicious cycle as France carries out fiscal tightening of 1.8pc of GDP this year and the deepest cuts in half a century. Monetary policy remains contractionary for most of Latin Europe.

“If the government really tries to force the budget deficit down to 3pc of GDP, the economy will contract again next year by 0.5pc to 0.8pc,” said Prof Sapir. “Unemployment will continue rising by 30,000 to 40,000 a month. There may be another 600,000 people without jobs by the end of 2014.”

France endured the same slow torture in the early 1930s under the Gold Standard, stoically accepting the “500 deflation decrees” of premier Pierre Laval. The dam broke in 1936 with the election of spurned outsiders, then the Leftist Front Populaire, with Communist support. The Gold Standard collapsed.

The emergence of Marine Le Pen as a contender for office in Europe’s pivotal power may prove the electric shock needed to force a radical shift in EMU crisis strategy, or at least to force France’s Socialist Party to break with Germany and fight for a full reflation agenda, if only to avert its own ruin.

“We have succumbed to a spirit of slavery in France. We have forgotten how to lead, and our voice is not heard any more,” she said. It will be heard now.

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  • A French commenter to SBPDL recently had a link to a French newspaper article that stated that if a hypothetical national election was held that day, Marine Le Pen would finish in the top two and make the runoff. That’s what I thought: The reason they’re trying to string her up by revoking her MEP immunity is because there’s polling data that shows her being competitive with Hollande.

    • The__Bobster

      That’s how our enemy works. They allow conservative parties to form to serve as pressure relief valves for public anger. Once they become genuine threats to their power, they try to ban or destroy them.

  • I knew it! When I saw “France’s Joan of Arc,” I knew they were talking about Marine Le Pen.
    I would’ve commented sooner, but I had to “spread the word” on the sites frequented by those without a clue.

    • Oom Paul

      “Spreading the word” like some kind of racial missionary. I LIKE IT!

  • CaptainCroMag

    As someone of French descent, it warms my heart to think that France will be the arrow that pierces the heart of the Euro monster. I can only hope that is will come to be, and that Le Pen will have the courage to stand strong against the army of adversaries coming her way.

    • Sick of it

      I just hope someone destroys that monstrous entity so the peoples of Europe will know freedom again. They should not be ruled by unaccountable bureaucrats who care nothing for their culture or their individual people.

  • NorthernWind

    “Anna Rosso-Roig, a candidate for the Communist Party in the 2012 elections, has just defected to the Le Pen camp.”

    The FN probably shouldn’t accept communists, they will in time undermine the party.

    • Or, consider another explanation: Maybe the reason some white French communists were ever communists was because they were really populists, and saw no other alternative. MLP and the FN just gave them one.

      I know that when JMLP made the runoff in 2002, he won the electoral district that had the famous city of Calais, which is the French end of the Chunnel. The Communist Party ran that city for years, but JMLP and the FN totally wiped them out. Anyone who would be such stubborn “communists” then flip to the apparent polar opposite really weren’t serious communists to begin with, and were only “communists” because communists were the only people (falsely) offering populism.

      • Unperson

        My own take on the matter is similar. Although I strongly prefer capitalism over socialism in a general, theoretical way, I am more of a (white) nationalist than a capitalist. With (white) nationalism as the Prime Firective, I recognize that, in order to get our (white) nations back, a certain amount of non-capitalist nationalization of industry and/or socialistic policy may be necessary — if only to undo the damage that’s been done to us as a (white) people by the forces of Frankfurter-fuelled internationalism. I’d feel better if those programs were understood to be temporary rather than permanent; but I would at least go along with it in the name of Caucasian solidarity.

        To sum up: as much as I’d like to see things done the free-market way wherever possible, if a Marine Le Pen or a Nick Griffin actually gets within shouting distance of power, but will do so on a platform more “socialistic” than I’m generally comfortable with, I will willingly support them. Money’s important, yes, but identity’s MORE important.

        Traditional hardcore multiculturalist One World communists, on the other hand? When it comes to those people, I agree with NorthernWind: they are of no use to our movement. They just need to be destroyed before they destroy us.

        • Your first paragraph is MLP’s position on such things almost word for word.

        • Jackryanvb

          Please read GL Rockwell’s analysis of the 1964 Goldwater debacle in “White Power”

          Economic Conservativism, anything goes Capitalism, trickle down economics, free markets doesn’t sell to poor and working class White voters. never has, never will. It’s like trying to sell ice cubes to Eskimos.

          Paul Ryan lost his home state of Wisconsin!

          The Libertarian candidate for President Garry Johnson did about the same as Librtarian Presidential candidate Ron Paul in 1988:

          He won less than 1%!

          It’s a sure fire loser, why doesoursidealways embrace losing?

          • Ironically, Goldwater was against the throw-the-borders-wide-open bill of 1965. He wasn’t in the Senate when it was voted on, but he indicated his opposition to it. His running mate, Congressman William Miller (R-NY), was, and not only voted against it, he engaged in Enoch Powell style warnings about its consequences.

            Even if Goldwater/Miller would have emphasized immigration in 1964, they probably still would have lost as big as they did. For one, it takes the bad consequences of a policy to rile people up in opposition to a policy, and for another, John F. Kennedy was assassinated not even a year before the 1964 election. The long and short of it is that I have read George Lincoln Rockwell’s take on 1964, and I disagree with it. What happened November 1964 was purely public sympathy to what happened in November 1963. I have also read Barry Goldwater’s autobiography, and in it, he said that if he would have won, he would have been the third President in a 15-month time span, succeeding the Vice-President of the assassinated President, and people just don’t change Presidents that quickly in cultures like ours if they can help it.

          • Jackryanvb

            Economic Conservatives, libertarians simply to terrible I. presidential elections. White union working class voters, government workers, Whiyes in the military always reject it.

            It wasn’t just Goldwater, a also Phil Graham, Jack Kemp, every Libertarian including Ron Paul… They always lose.

            Old White people like Social Security and Medicare.
            UAW white workers at Ford and GM like Government bailouts of the Auto industry.
            Whites in San Diego like big defense expenditures to the US Navy.
            Whites in Colorado Springs Co like big government expentures to the US Airforce.
            Sen Majority leader Robert Byrd (former KKK member) like huge government pork for West Virginia.

            That’s just the way it is.

            Unless someone has some realistic plan to get rid of democracy and not let poor White people vote, you had better stop talking about getting rid of government programs.

          • Except…government, even the American Federal one, only has so much to spend.

            The reason Lyndon Johnson won the 1964 Presidential election in a landslide was because his boss was assassinated almost a year earlier. It’s no more complicated than that. I shouldn’t have to tell you about keeping things simple.

          • Strider73

            LBJ also smeared Goldwater as a warmonger,then lied the country into the Vietnam quagmire soon after his 1965 inaugural.

      • je suis paganisme

        QD, I think you are right.
        I saw a documentary about wine-making. The international corporations desparately wanted to control a part of France which had superior grapes.
        It was a French communist mayor who opposed them, and won; a victory for the little guy.
        Big Capitalism destroys culture. The French seem to know this.
        Look at what it has done to us.

        • And if the Front National had been there and politically viable all along, those communist politicians in those towns in the viticultural regions of France would have never been communist, but FN. Ironically, pure communism as such would endorse homogenization and the role that multinational corporations play therein.

    • Romulus

      If she’s a a commie who shares the same phenotype as h-olland, she is not a gaul. Gaul is the Roman word for Celt. I guarantee you that her haplogroups will bear out a common ancestry to the Arab moors. Which means just like Phil specter, they will jump ship to insure their own survival. Kevin MacDonald’s in group, out group survival strategy. They would sell their own mothers for money or survival. Ask what is the difference between “oi” and “Oui”? ONE LETTER!!!!.
      Some people actually believe that the Australian or British greeting of waving and saying “OI” is either British or Australian. It is, of course the usual suspects.

  • Erasmus

    Marine Le Pen is articulate, savvy and smart, has history behind her and is hot. What’s not to like? Time for the French to tell their parasitic PC elites “Arrête!”

    (And time for every other country to soon do the same.)

  • bigone4u

    Vive La France! But here in the US all the talk is rather depressing. The MSM have declared Hillary a certainty for the White House in 2016. Can we swap her for Ms. Le Pen?

    • The__Bobster

      I hear that along with Shrillary, France is demanding another commie to be named later.

      • Sick of it

        They probably have to import them from Morocco, so it will take a bit for them to name their candidate.

    • They’d probably want Louisiana back, but it would probably still be a good trade.

      • MadMike

        They can have New Orleans and we will throw in Detroit as a bonus.

  • I thought she was only polling in the high teens just a week ago. Which would mean the pollsters in Frane, just like pollsters in the US, are frauds trying to steer elections with misinformation.

    • The__Bobster

      And her party is still around the high teens or slightly higher, but that’s enough when all the other major parties are also polling around that number.

      “For the first time, the Front National is running level with the two governing parties of post-War France, Socialists and Gaullistes. All are near 21pc in national polls, though the Front alone has the wind in its sails.”

  • Why MLP is on the verge:

    * She is a French nationalist, not a white nationalist. People relate to their immediate tribe, not their race as a whole. (The Hunter Wallace axiom)

    * Economic populism, not handing out thousand-page tomes written two centuries ago as if anyone will actually read them.

    * Factoring out a lot of the nutty crank crud, the Jack Ryan axiom. Bickering over precisely how many died in the gas chambers and what kind of gas was or wasn’t used in the gas chambers will motivate nobody and confuse everybody, and in France, actually get you throw in jail.

    How we get more successful:

    The triangle is the most stable shape in geometry. Things physical or societal built around triangles usually wind up being successful. Phil Jackson had a triangle offense in basketball, Ronald Reagan had his three pillars. We should pound the following three pillars of concretely conservative implicitly white American nationalism over and over again:

    * Affordable family formation
    * Immigration patriotism
    * Combat the black undertow & dismantle B.R.A.

  • Jackryanvb

    ” The Front scored highest in the most Socialist cantons, a sign that it may be breaking out of its Right-wing enclaves to become the mass movement of the white working class.

    Commentators have begun to talk of “Left-LePenism” as she outflanks the Socialists with attacks on banks and cross-border capitalism. Anna Rosso-Roig, a candidate for the Communist Party in the 2012 elections, has just defected to the Le Pen camp.”

    Jack replies:

    This is the key – getting the hearts and minds and votes ( and fists, boots and bullets) OD the White working class. Here in the USA we MUST get away from Libertarian, economic Conservatism.

    Go populist – Huey Long, George Wallace, Nixon, Reagan, Buchanan. Bain Capital, Wall Street, ending Social Security, lowering minimum wage – sure losers.

    • Puggg

      “Libertarian economic conservatism”

      Which nowadays turns out to be a smokescreen for out and out right corporatism and crony “capitalism.” And I don’t care if the libertarians a long time ago wouldn’t have wanted any part of this. Fact is, they were a long time ago and already dead and we’re today, we have to react to what’s in front of us today.

    • Sick of it

      I’m fairly conservative in fiscal matters, but agree with Jefferson with regards to corporations and they have proven to be the destroyers of our nation, as he feared they would. After all, why would a multinational corporation care about what happens to America or Americans? America First!

      • Even if one is a pure libertarian, why would one carry the water for big corporations, when they’re perfectly happy in a crony capitalist world of buying off un-libertarian politicians to do un-libertarian things to make things better for them and worse for their competitors? And when did these corporations ever carry our water? Not recently, if ever.

        • Sick of it

          They’ve been used like a gigantic money laundering schemes, been used like ponzi schemes, they’ve been used to make a quick fortune for corporate execs and institutional investors and then to fleece the regular folk of every dime they had invested in them.

          That being said, fiscal conservatives seem to be pro-corporation these days generally.

  • Spartacus

    “The softer image is why finance minister Pierre Moscovici describes her as “more dangerous than her father”.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Pierre Moscovici is a jew.

    • Romulus

      You might like to read the occidental observer daily!

      • Spartacus

        Already do.

        • Romulus

          Very informative! If the NSA,IRS,GOOGLE,And Facebook, have been keeping tabs on us since 2006, we might as well “come out of the shadows”, to use a McCain quote.

          • Spartacus

            I’m not in the “shadows” as it were, I’m openly racist in day-to-day life. Mind you, people don’t care much about that in Eastern Europe, but still, I get very few people contradicting me, and lots that agree, so I feel at least here, we’re heading in the right direction.

  • dd121

    If the French destroy the Euro, all that means is that it will take our leftists longer to destroy the dollar.

  • ricpic

    I hope Marine has top notch security. I put nothing past the Socialist thugs that rule France. “…the interests of Germany… are not the same as ours.” Of course not! A simple statement of sanity. It seems inevitable to me that the ancient nations will reassert themselves against Brussels’ spider rule. Should her party win two horrors will go in one blow: French withdrawal will be the death of the EU; muslims will begin to be evicted from France.

  • Kyle

    Wow, this is actually incredibly huge news. If you get a Nationalist party in charge in France that gives the middle finger to the EU you could really get a domino effect in Europe. This is promising!

  • Romulus

    I wonder if Ms. le pen knows the difference beteeen a gaul and a frank. Of cousre shes going to suck up to the gays and the uden. Thats where the power of wealth and the courts is.

    • Romulus

      If she can save France while at the same time expunging the filth purveyors who are ACTUALLY the root cause of Frances initial decline, gggrrreeeaaaaT!!!!! I find it fascinating that so many don’t know who is behind European decay. It goes all the way back to the people who displaced the keltoi (the hidden people) and of course the massive destruction of last century.

  • KenelmDigby

    It is interesting to note that the the late, great British statesman and parliamentarian, Enoch Powell, called out precisely the two issues of the overbearing dictatorship of the EU, and the menace of uncontrolled third world immigration way, way back in the 1960s, when his was distinctly a minority and unpopular opinion.
    Back in those days, the French were the biggest cheerleaders for the EU – and the French largely shaped the EU.

  • Oh my goodness.

    • Romulus

      Thank you, happily, i stand corrected!!!!

      • You perhaps thought I have “Yellow Fever”?

        • Romulus

          In my above post, I speculated marine let pen might be more frank than gaul, like Francis H-olland. If that young lady is her niece, im happy to be wrong.

  • candide

    Interesting to see which leftists join Le Pen. Despite his hatred of Communism Hitler believed Communists could convert to Nazism easily BUT SOCIALISTS NEVER!. Voting studies bear the Fuehrer out.

  • TheAntidote

    In the immortal words of patrolman Muldoon, “Move along folks, there’s nothing to see here. There’s no show here.”
    She wants to pull out of the euro. She wants to end Nato. She wants to resist the economic power of Germany. Is there anything on the platform of racial importance? Is there anything about culture or heritage? What goddamned difference does it make if the country’s currency is francs, euros or tiddley winks if the citizens are from Gabon and Algeria?
    She doesn’t get it. The French don’t get it.

    • France can’t “end” NATO. All they can do is withdraw. NATO has probably outlived its usefulness, but even with the collapse of the Soviet Union, European borders are in many instances in the wrong places, with Germany, Hungary and Poland being on the receiving end of most of this. Peace is better than the alternative, and the amicable breakup of Czechoslovakia is rare in European history.

      • Strider73

        In a sane world, NATO would have dissolved in 1992 when the USSR and Warsaw Pact did so. It was preserved for two very nasty reasons:

        1. maintain the US military-industrial complex.
        2. maintain the European welfare states, which could not have survived if they had to foot the bill for their own defense.

        • WR_the_realist

          I do not care who is in NATO so long as we (Americans) are out of it.

  • Erasmus

    Wow. Look at France’s women in politics, and compare them to the gargoyles in politics here in America: Hillary Clinton, Janet Napolitano, Patty Murray, Barbara Boxer, Debbie Wasserman-Schulz.

    Vive la France!

  • je suis paganisme

    C’est merveilleux!
    Sometimes the women can break through where the men cannot (or will not).
    Jeanne d’Arc had a strong streak of paganism; so does le Pen.
    Marianne has returned; to the ramparts! The New Revolution!

  • WR_the_realist

    Now people joining the National Front are coming from the Socialists and the Communists. It shows how meaningless the media promoted “left-right” divide is. After all, the Democrats, supposedly America’s left leaning pro-labor faction, just voted as a block to flood America with cheap labor, as instructed by their billionaire paymasters.