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Why We Need To Monitor Marine Le Pen And Her Front National In 2014

January 25, 2014


When it comes to making a list of crazy men in politics, even potentially dangerous ones, I have long placed the name of Jean-Marie Le Pen near the top of the list.  He is a right-wing thug who has tried to warp French politics, and in so doing made him totally unacceptable to all but the ones housed in hospitals.  He called the concentration camps in WWII “a  detail” and has lashed out at anyone who does not have the same skin color as he does, or the same sense of morals.

But that is where his daughter Marine Le Pen comes into the equation.,  She is trying to turn his anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, fascist party into something that resembles a credible alternative to the mainstream political parties.  With a boldness she predicts that she will be in the Elysée within a decade.

There is a need to hold her brash style and political rants up to the light of day and watch her as she works to get people elected in municipal elections throughout France.

For those of us who read and study history it comes as no surprise we are concerned when xenophobia, racism and intolerance are used as the foundations for a political movement anywhere in the world, let alone in Europe.  But that is exactly what Marine Le Pen promotes.  That she comes with blond hair and the everyday look as a divorced mother of teenagers makes her seem a sharp contrast to the thug of a father who has been accused and convicted several times at home and abroad of xenophobia and anti-Semitism.

But the fruit has not fallen very far from the tree when it comes to Le Pen and voters in France along with international viewers need to keep an eye on Front National.   History shows what can happen when we do not keep an eye on those who use their fears and biases as a basis for national political platforms.

It is harder to use the pages of history as an example to younger generations as to why they need to be wary of the likes of Le Pen.  That is true for too many young people worldwide.  But there is no end of reasons why mainstream politicians and voters in France must not allow the angry ones from the Front National to make any inroads with their gutter-like populist right-wing rot.

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