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Meet Marion Maréchal, the next voice of French nationalism

Posted by hkarner - 17. März 2019

Date: 14-03-2019
Source: The Economist: Charlemagne

The next Le Pen and her crusade to protect Catholic France

The revamped Confluence neighbourhood of Lyon is a laboratory for modern eco-living. A self-driving electric bus runs along the river Rhône, and green architecture overlooks converted docks. Waterfront cafés serve health food, and arts centres rise on former industrial land. The new influx of metropolitan types into the district helped Emmanuel Macron win fully 82% of the vote in the second round of the French presidential election in 2017 against the nationalist Marine Le Pen.

Yet today this neighbourhood is also the improbable new home to a rather different sort of experiment, run by the youngest member of the Le Pen political dynasty. In a side street a private graduate school, the Institute of Social, Economic and Political Science, opened its doors last autumn. It is the brainchild of Marion Maréchal, niece of Marine, and granddaughter of Jean-Marie, founder of the National Front (now the National Rally). In theory the 29-year-old Ms Maréchal has given up politics, having been elected to the National Assembly for a term in 2012 while still a law student. In reality the third-generation Le Pen has ambitious plans to shape the agenda on the right—from outside electoral politics. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Partei von Marine Le Pen überholt Frankreichs Präsident Macron

Posted by hkarner - 4. November 2018

Stand: 10:42 Uhr, welt.de, 4/11

Die Stimmung in Frankreich schlägt um: Ein halbes Jahr vor der Europawahl hat die rechte Partei von Marine Le Pen die En-Marche-Bewegung von Präsident Emmanuel Macron in der Wählergunst überholt.

Quelle: WELT / Christoph Hipp

Eine Umfrage zur Europawahl in Frankreich sieht die Partei der Rechtspopulistin Le Pen vor der von Präsident Macron.
  • Bei der Präsidentenwahl konnte sich Emmanuel Macron noch gegen Marine Le Pen durchsetzen.
  • Für den rechten Block aus vier Parteien in Frankreich würden der Umfrage zufolge 30 Prozent der Befragten stimmen.
In Frankreich hat die rechtspopulistische Partei von Marine Le Pen, Rassemblement National (RN), in einer Umfrage zur Europawahl im nächsten Jahr die Partei des amtierenden Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron überholt. Macrons LREM kam demnach in der Befragung nur noch auf 19 Prozent der Stimmen und verlor gegenüber der letzten Umfrage einen Punkt. 21 Prozent der französischen Wähler gaben an, sie würden bei der Europawahl RN wählen.

Damit legte die Partei von Le Pen gegenüber der letzten Umfrage deutlich um vier Prozentpunkte zu. Zusammen mit den Parteien von Nicolas Dupont-Aignan sowie zwei „Frexit“-Parteien von ehemaligen politischen Weggefährten von Le Pen kommen rechte Parteien insgesamt auf 30 Prozent der Stimmen in der Befragung, berichtet die Nachrichtenagentur Reuters.

Die konservative Partei Les Républicains von Laurent Wauquiez kommt hingegen nur noch auf 13 Prozent, die linke Partei Insoumise, die von Jean-Luc Mélenchon geführt wird, sackte von 14 auf nur noch elf Prozent ab.

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Marine Le Pen is hoping to come top in next year’s Euro-election

Posted by hkarner - 14. Oktober 2018

Date: 11-10-2018
Source: The Economist

After a poor showing last year, the nationalists are resurgent

LESS THAN 18 months ago, Marine Le Pen was beaten and exhausted. She had lost the French presidential run-off to Emmanuel Macron, after a wild-eyed debate performance that left her fans aghast. Her leadership of the National Front, a party of blood-and-soil populists, was strained, and she was said to be depressed. Within months, she lost her closest ally, Florian Philippot, and found her party’s French bank accounts unexpectedly closed.

Yet there she was in Rome on October 8th with a new glint in her eye. Alongside Matteo Salvini, Italy’s interior minister, a beaming Ms Le Pen railed against “totalitarian” Europe and proclaimed the start of a new “history with a capital H”. Populism and nationalism may have been defeated at the ballot box in France in 2017. But Ms Le Pen is hoping that next May’s elections to the European Parliament will show that her party, renamed the National Rally, is still a force to be reckoned with.

Thanks to a turnout that is usually low, and the opportunity for a low-risk protest vote, the French far right has often done well at European polls. In 2014 the National Front came out on top in France, with 25% of the vote. Next year’s ballot will be the first mid-term electoral test for Mr Macron. After a summer of poorly handled scandals and offensive remarks, the president’s popularity ratings have tumbled. This week Mr Macron was struggling to reshuffle his government, more than a week after his interior minister, Gérard Collomb, resigned after complaining that the president lacked humility. Next May’s election will be “very complicated”, says one of his deputies. “The risk is that the vote turns into a referendum on him.” As it is, one poll puts Ms Le Pen’s outfit neck-and-neck with Mr Macron’s La République en Marche, on about 20%, comfortably ahead of all other parties. Ms Le Pen could well come out on top again. “The populist wind is blowing everywhere,” warns Xavier Bertrand, president of the Hauts-de-France region, who beat Ms Le Pen to that job in 2015. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Marine Le Pen’s National Front Faces Reckoning After Loss in French Vote

Posted by hkarner - 14. Juni 2017

Date: 13-06-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Abstentions among far-right leader’s backers in presidential vote harm party in parliamentary poll

Party leader Marine Le Pen

PARIS—After knocking at the gates of power only a month ago, Marine Le Pen saw support for her far-right party crumble in Sunday’s first round of parliamentary elections, dashing its hopes of becoming France’s opposition party and an entrenched menace to the Europe Union.

President Emmanuel Macron’s fledgling party, La République en Marche, trounced mainstream parties across the political spectrum but forced the once-buoyant antiestablishment National Front in particular into a reckoning. Ms. Le Pen on Monday faced a final election result that showed the momentum that carried her in to last month’s second-round presidential vote had perished.

National Front candidates garnered only 13.2% of Sunday’s vote, compared with 13.6% in the last parliamentary election five years ago. Pollster Ipsos Sopra-Steria projected the party would end up with only between one and five seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, compared with between 415 and 455 for Mr. Macron’s party and its centrist ally.

What caused the collapse, pollsters and party officials say, is that the National Front’s primarily young, working-class base decided to sit out the parliamentary races. Around 57% of people who voted for Marine Le Pen in the presidential election stayed home for the parliamentary ballot, Ipsos Sopra-Steria said. The abstention rate among Macron voters was 38%. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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„Die Märkte könnten den Euro in 48 Stunden zerstören“

Posted by hkarner - 5. Mai 2017

Date: 05-05-2017
Subject: Möglicher Wahlsieg Le Pens

„Die Märkte könnten den Euro in 48 Stunden zerstören“

Gewinnt Marine Le Pen am Sonntag die Präsidentschaftswahl, droht Europa die wirtschaftliche Kernschmelze: Investoren würden aus Frankreich und Südeuropa fliehen, warnt der Ökonom Henrik Enderlein.

Wie geht es weiter mit Frankreich, Deutschland und Europa? Im November 2014 stellte der damalige französische Wirtschaftsminister Emmanuel Macron gemeinsam mit seinem deutschen Amtskollegen Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) bei Paris ein Strategiepapier vor, das eine Antwort auf diese Frage geben sollte.

Es skizzierte ehrgeizige Wirtschaftsreformen für Frankreich, aber auch für Deutschland. Vieles daraus hat der Präsidentschaftskandidat Macron inzwischen in sein Wahlprogramm übernommen. Bilder von damals zeigen Gabriel und Macron in freundschaftlicher Pose, flankiert von zwei Wirtschaftsexperten, die das Papier geschrieben hatten. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The French Election and Europe’s Future

Posted by hkarner - 1. Mai 2017


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Far-Right Leaders Loathe the European Parliament, but Love Its Paychecks

Posted by hkarner - 29. April 2017

Date: 28-04-2017
Source: The New York Times

STRASBOURG, France — Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader trying to become president of France, already has a day job as a lawmaker in the European Parliament, a position she regards with open contempt. She misses votes, mocks the process and cheers for the demise of the European Union.

Even so, Ms. Le Pen is willing to accept a salary of 101,808 euros (about $110,000), a generous per diem and an annual staff and office budget in excess of €340,000. In February, the Parliament halved her compensation after fraud investigators concluded that she had wrongly diverted money to pay for National Front party activities in France.

The scandal, which has not fazed Ms. Le Pen’s supporters in France, is another example of how Europe’s right-wing parties happily provoke populist fury by attacking the European Union — yet also happily pocket government salaries and other benefits. For some far-right politicians, a perch in the European Parliament can mean a lucrative sinecure, easy news media exposure and immunity from criminal prosecution at home. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Who Is Marine Le Pen?

Posted by hkarner - 26. April 2017

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Emmanuel Clinton vs Marine LeTrump

Posted by hkarner - 25. April 2017

Dank an H.F.

2017 04 24 Asia Times, By Pepe Escobar April 24, 2017 9:54 PM (UTC+8)

What’s supposed to be the shock of the new is not exactly so.

Here’s the body count in the latest geopolitical earthquake afflicting the West: The Socialist Party in France is dead. The traditional Right is comatose. What used to be the Extreme Left is alive, and still kicking.
Yet what’s supposed to be the shock of the new is not exactly a shock. The more things veer towards change (we can believe in), the more they stay the same. Enter the new normal: the recycled “system” – as in Emmanuel Macron — versus “the people” — as in the National Front’s Marine Le Pen, battling for the French presidency on May 7.

Although that was the expected outcome, it’s still significant. Le Pen, re-christened “Marine”, reached the second round of voting despite a mediocre campaign.
She essentially reassembled — but did not expand — her voting base. I have argued on Asia Times that Macron is nothing but an artificial product, a meticulously packaged hologram designed to sell an illusion. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Planning for President Le Pen

Posted by hkarner - 20. April 2017

The thought of President Le Pen is so terrifying, it seems, posing such a threat to the future of Europe, that it remains for many a possibility they dare not entertain, much less plan for. But that threat is precisely why Europe must address seriously the possibility of her winning, however unlikely it may seem.

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