Sunday, 13 November 2016

Le Pen hopes for Trump-like win in 2017

Marine Le Pen, France's far-right leader has said she is hoping for a Donald Trump-like win when the country there votes for its new President next year. This brings about a scary prospect that the political madness will continue next year, unless the French people see through the right wing lies, that voters in the UK and US have not been able to see through.

Le Pen is likely to win the first round of French presidential elections in April, but then lose the runoff round in May to whoever her opponent would be. But we all know better when it comes to polls, after they were totally wrong for the EU referendum and the US election. In regional elections last year Front National got over 27% of the vote.

During an interview on the Andrew Marr Show, Le Pen, who leads FN, said that Trump "made possible what had previously been presented as impossible, so it is really the victory of the people against the elite" - I do wonder if Le Pen realises he is a billionaire businessman, about as "elite" as you can get. I always shudder with disbelief when I hear a Trump supporter say he is a man of the people, I'm sure people just see what they WANT to see most of the time.

Just like Trump, Le Pen is very much celebrated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called her a role model of "reasoned protectionism".

On immigration Le Pen was clear in saying that under her parties leadership France would not be allowing anymore people into the country, "we are full up" she said. She then went on to say that she did not judge people based on their religion but said the state would "act accordingly" if people refused to "comply with our codes, our values, our French lifestyles".

As it was announced on social media by Rob Burley (Editor of the Marr show) that they would be broadcasting an interview with Le Pen, many reacted with anger at the FN leader being given air time on Remembrance Sunday,  an event which commemorates fallen servicemen and women, including those who fought against Hitler's fascism during World War II.

Critics said it was therefore wrong to give a modern day fascist a platform on a day like today.

But Burley defended the BBC's decision saying that following on from Trump's shock win and the prospect that Le Pen could very much win the French presidency, it was right for the BBC to air an interview with her.

I have to say I am more on the side of the BBC here. Yes the timing isn't great but at the end of the day we have had a political shock this week, and the timing of airing the interview does make sense from a journalistic point of view. As much as I am no fan of Ms Le Pen.

During the interview Le Pen said there was a "hair's breadth" between her party and UKIP, the UK's own ring wing, Euro-skeptic party, a claim that UKIP leadership candidate Suzanne Evans denied was the case, speaking on 'Peston on Sunday', Evans said FN was "nothing like" UKIP.

Meanwhile as the US election fall out continues Nigel Farage, the current leader of UKIP, has become the first British politician to meet Donald Trump since his election. Farage, who is sometimes referred to as "Mr. Brexit" in the US met with President Elect Trump at Trump Tower in New York...

Kellyanne Conway, Trump's spokesperson said the meeting between the pair had been very productive. 

Mr. Farage said that Trump was very supportive of the UK-US relationship and "full of good ideas".

Earlier in the week there was a call from UKIP Members of European Parliament to have Mr. Farage appointed as Ambassador to the United States, considering his ties with the President Elect. During the campaign Mr. Farage appeared at a number of rallies to endorse Trump for the Presidency.

Later on CBS '60 Minutes' will broadcast the first interview with Donald Trump since his election on Tuesday.

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