Category Archives: Nationalism

February 23, 2017

Le Pen Wins Over Women Voters Who Feel Left Behind in France (Video)

Anti-EU candidate attracted 2 million women voters since 2012. Nationalist vows to defend France’s freedom against Islamists.

French women are starting to picture their next president as a divorced mother of three.

The anti-euro, anti-immigrant candidate Marine Le Pen has been playing up her gender as she seeks to convert a likely first-round victory into an overall majority in the run-off on May 7 — and it’s paying off. The 48-year-old National Front leader has already rallied some 2 million additional female voters to her cause since her last run for president in 2012 and she’s betting more will follow.

“Women are the key,” said Nonna Mayer, a researcher at the Sciences Po institute in Paris who has studied the National Front for 25 years. “These women often abstain and now they are backing Le Pen to protect their jobs and their security.”

While women make up just over half of the electorate in France they are far less likely to turn out than men, offering a well of untapped support for the candidate who manages to tune into their concerns. Le Pen’s pitch weaves together concerns about immigration, security, and the economic decline of many white French communities into a potent populist brew that borrows freely from U.S. President Donald Trump, blaming “the elite” for the problems of ordinary voters.

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February 17, 2017

Firebrand Wilders Could Change Constitution to ‘De-Islamisize’ Netherlands

Geert Wilders, the Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker who is at the vanguard of a wave of European far-right populists aiming to take power at elections this year, is pushing ahead with his platform to “de-Islamisize” the Netherlands, despite lawyers saying it could breach the Dutch constitution.

In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Wilders insisted that his plans, which include closing the country’s borders to asylum seekers and migrants from Islamic countries, shutting all mosques and banning the Quran, are legal.

And he hinted he could even seek to change the constitution, if necessary. Wilders says, “a constitution is not something that is (set) in stone and can never be changed.”

Wilders’ Party is riding high in polls less than a month before parliamentary elections set for March 15.

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February 11, 2017

Best campaign ad ever? Marine Le Pen’s powerful new ad “In The Name Of The People” will blow you away (Video)

SOUND OFF in the comments: is this the best campaign ad you’ve ever seen? Do you think Le Pen can win in 2017? Let us know.

Marine Le Pen’s newest ad may as well be a movie trailer. It’s that impressive.

It begins with the National Front Leader introducing herself and the passion she has for France. She goes on to say the country has lost its way with Islamic fundamentalism, victims not getting justice, and politicians betraying the people.

Essentially, she promises to make France Great Again and restore the country to its once united, proud and prosperous state.

The ad has spawned the hashtag #AuNomDuPeuple which translates to In The Name Of The People, which is what Le Pen says at the end of the ad.

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February 5, 2017

Le Pen Mirrors Trump As She Launches Presidential Campaign

Le Pen announced a 144-point platform to give “freedom” back to the people. Main points include abandoning the euro as France’s currency, a referendum on European Union membership and increasing taxes on imports and foreign labor and curbing migration.

French populist leader Marine Le Pen kicked off her presidential campaign Saturday with the hopes of pulling off a Donald Trump-style upset in April.

Le Pen and her National Front (FN) colleagues mirrored Trump’s rhetoric during the campaign launch in Lyon. The party has struggled to survive run-off elections in the past, but the election of Trump has given the party a real boost ahead of the election.

“We were told Donald Trump would never win in the United States against the media, against the establishment, but he won,” Jean-Lin Lacapelle, a top FN official told the conference. “We were told Marine Le Pen would not win the presidential election, but on May 7 she will win!”

Le Pen announced a 144-point platform to give “freedom” back to the people. Main points include abandoning the euro as France’s currency, a referendum on European Union membership and increasing taxes on imports and foreign labor and curbing migration.

“The aim of this program is first of all to give France its freedom back and give the people a voice,” Le Pen said of the manifesto.

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February 1, 2017

French Front National Leader Marion Maréchal-Le Pen Meets with Crimea’s Own Natalia Poklonskaya (Video)

“Beauty will save the world.” -Dostoevsky

How true this proverb may be in real life remains uncertain. But what is certain is that beauty in this case might just save French and Russian relation.

As an ambassador for the French party Front National, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen had graciously accepted the invitation by the Deputy of the State Duma and former Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya to come and discuss the future of French-Russian relations.

On Thursday November 17th the two women met in the newly federated Russian republic of Crimea, and exchanged bottled gifts and talks of an interest for fine wine.

Poklonskaya had presented the French party delegate a Russian vintage, while Le Pen had gifted Poklonskaya an unique bottle of champagne with Natalia’s name engraved on the bottle.

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January 26, 2017

Czech Minister: ‘Let’s Do Our Own Brexit Deal with the UK’

A senior member of the Czech government has broken ranks with the European Union (EU) and suggested the country should sign a bilateral Brexit deal with the UK separate from the bloc.

Interior Minister Milan Chovanec told public broadcaster Czech Television the Eastern European republic should “undertake an independent initiative” and not wait for a UK-EU deal, reports Radio Prague.

Seeking a quick deal in the interests of securing the status of his citizens in the UK, Mr. Chovanec criticised the EU on its approach to negotiating saying his government “should…not wait for what Europe does. We don’t know how long the talks would take or if we would even see [a deal] achieved.”

“I hope we will negotiate on our own,” he continued. “We do not know if there will be a final European agreement on this and we must defend the interests of Czech citizens.”

Prime Minister Theresa May had hoped to begin negotiations before triggering Article 50; however, EU leaders are opposed.

Mr. Chovanec added his government was already involved in “intensive” discussions with the UK government.

“We are of course consulting about these things with the British interior ministry but the main focus will be with the foreign ministry and I believe that consultations are already intensively underway.”

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January 23, 2017

Hungary’s Orban Praises Trump’s ‘End of Multilateralism’

Hungary’s prime minister says U.S. President Donald Trump’s position that all countries have the right to put their own interests first was the key phrase of his inaugural address.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban is interpreting Trump’s statement as “the end of multilateralism” and as permission for Hungary to also put itself in first place.

Orban was an early supporter of Trump and had praised his immigration policies.
Speaking Monday at an economic conference organized by the National Bank of Hungary, Orban also implied that conservative Francois Fillon is his preferred candidate to become the next president of France and supported his desire for a new military alliance in Europe.

Orban said this new alliance could give Europe greater self-confidence and the ability to negotiate with all parties, including Russia.

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January 22, 2017

Geert Wilders at Europe Populist Conference: ‘If we do Nothing, we Cease to Exist’ (Video)

Geert Wilders has predicted Marine le Pen will be the next French President as he praised newly inaugurated President Donald Trump and called for patriots to “make Europe great again” in a speech on Saturday.

Speaking at the Europe of Nations and Freedom group conference in Koblenz, Germany, this weekend Dutch Party for Freedom leader Geert Wilders said if patriots fail to act to preserve freedom and national identity in Europe, “we cease to exist”.

Praising President Trump was met with sustained cheering at the conference, which also saw addresses by French Front National leader Marine le Pen, Alternative for Germany leader Frauke Petry, and other key figures of the European populist movement. Referring to the transfer of power in the United States on Friday, Mr. Wilders said it augured well for the future on the other side of the Atlantic too, remarking: “Yesterday a new America, today Koblenz, and tomorrow a new Europe”.

Mr. Wilders, who has seen his poll ratings soar after his conviction “incitement to discrimination” in what he called a politically “charade” trial, is preparing to face the Dutch general election in March. Mr. Wilders hopes, and faces good odds to come out the largest party and called this in Saturdays’ speech an opportunity to “liberate” the Netherlands.

Signalling his optimism for other coming elections in Europe, he said of the chances of his French and German counterparts: “I am certain about it: Marine le Pen will be the next President of France. And in the Autumn it is your turn, my German friends. I am fully convinced that with Frauke Petry Germany’s future has been secured. Long live the German [patriotic] spring!”.

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January 21, 2017

Le Pen: Brexit domino effect ‘will bring down Europe’ (Video)

Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far-right Front National party, has said the Brexit vote has set off a domino effect that “will bring down all of Europe”.

She said the British and Americans had pulled off “coups” in 2016 and predicted that 2017 would be the “year the people of continental Europe woke up”.

Ms Le Pen is seen as highly likely to make the run-off for the French presidency in May, while the right-wing nationalist party, Alternative for Germany, is expected to make significant gains at the election there in September.

Speaking at a meeting of nationalist leaders from major European countries in the German city of Koblenz, Ms Le Pen said the EU was a “system of oppression” and added: “We are experiencing the end of one world and the birth of another.”

She said: “The first real blow struck against the old order, the thing that will set off the domino effect that will bring down all of Europe, is Brexit – a sovereign people has decided to leave an agreement of the powerful, to decide its own destiny.

“The second blow came shortly afterwards and that was the election of Mr Trump to the presidency of the United States, putting the friends of neo-liberalism in an even more difficult situation.”

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January 4, 2017

Marine Le Pen Calls for Return of French Franc, Strong Borders

Front National leader Marine Le Pen has called for a new French currency and pledged to hold a referendum on the country’s membership of the European Union if she is elected French President later this year.

In an interview for news channel BFM TV, Ms Le Pen called for a “national currency”, although she stopped short of calling for the abolition of the euro, indicating instead that the two currencies could work side-by-side.

“I want a national currency with the euro as a common currency,” she said.

In words that show how the Front National candidate is positioning herself ahead of this spring’s election, Ms Le Pen also called for the abolition of Europe’s open-borders Schengen agreement, noting the various terror attacks that took place in the country in 2016.

“We have a country that is getting poorer,” she said. “We can no longer provide quality care to all our compatriots because our social security system is exhausted.”

“Our hospitals are overloaded,” she added. “We are no longer able to offer, in certain regions, a school worthy of the name to our children, because they are overburdened by illegal immigration.”

“So why continue? For ideological reasons? I am opposed to those who have an ideological vision of immigration and I think that, given the situation in France, it must stop.”

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