December 07, 2015

After last night's National Front victory, will the media finally stop calling France's Le Pen a "far right extremist"?

Rebel Staff
 

French President Francois Hollande made stirring speeches after the Paris terror attacks on November 13. But in last night’s regional elections, his socialist party came in third.

Finishing first place overall, winning 6 out of 13 regions, was the anti-immigration Front National, led by Marine Le Pen.

The party nearly tripled its vote from 11 percent to around 30 percent.

The mainstream media still calls Le Pen “far right” or “extremist”. How high a percentage of the vote does Le Pen have to get before the rules of plain language kick in and we acknowledge that Le Pen is a lot more normal than Hollande is?

Le Pen’s success in Calais, across the English Channel from the United Kingdom, is the most telling. It’s typically a socialist area. But under Hollande, it's also where Muslim migrants wait in a squalid refugee camp, while they try to get across into the UK.

Le Pen got more than 50% in Calais — that would be like Stephen Harper getting 50% in Montreal.

Last night’s vote was a coming of age for the Front National. The presidential elections are in 2017, not far away.

If the Front National wins that race, maybe France will have a chance.

 

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commented 2015-12-09 11:26:44 -0500
In some matters Marine Le Pen comes across as a moderate. For example, she is a moderate anti-Semite.
commented 2015-12-08 21:05:33 -0500
We need a new name i guess. Lefties have stolen right and progressive and somehow facism is a right wing ideaology. Libertarians seem a little wacky so we can’t use that i just don’t know what to call myself. Harper was not small government the pcs in alberta were a bunch of liberals until they turned into the ndp. Any ideas because i don’t need this shit
commented 2015-12-08 19:34:41 -0500
The Front National hates America, wants to maintain and even expand France’s bloated welfare state, and was founded by a Holocaust denier.
Forgive me for not getting my hopes up.
commented 2015-12-08 16:32:57 -0500
Ken Waters damn rights, and now we have Justin and Obama and maybe Hillary , YIKES!
commented 2015-12-08 12:59:44 -0500
“Far right? Le Pen defends French workers right to join unions, the social-welfare system, the civil service, education, secular society… she sounds like a social-democrat. Oh, wait. She warns against Islamic immigration. So, that makes her far right.”~Ab Patriot

Remember …progressives have been feeding us the “far right” line for years. Notice how mainstream media always prefaces conservative institutions as rightwing, but NEVER prefaces any progressive institutions as leftwing? Le Pen is more a National Socialist …someone on the far right would be an anti-govt anarchist in my opinion.
commented 2015-12-08 12:56:02 -0500
I think you are right Pierre. Most French parties are anti-capitalist (and FWIW anti-American). But France’s most serious trouble right now is a cultural take over by barbarians. If it takes Le Pen to turn that around, so be it.
commented 2015-12-08 11:19:09 -0500
When under attack people look for “the hard men” to lead them, leaders who see things as they are rather than how they think things should be. Le Pen is one as was Churchill, Roosevelt and Truman. Hard men know what needs to be done to protect democracy and freedom when it is under attack and they get on with it. They don’t need affection and don’t play politics when the situation is dire and getting worse..

Obama and Trudeau are not hard men. Rationalization is not action.
commented 2015-12-08 10:50:05 -0500
We must hope she wins. That will encourage politicians here to do the right thing
commented 2015-12-08 09:22:26 -0500
She might win, compare to her father who was an anti-semitist and a racist, Marine is an economic socialist nationalist and has a logical approach to the immigration problems, but I don’t think she is for small government and free market. in fact in France no party represent any economic freedom.
commented 2015-12-08 03:15:45 -0500
The MSM must be going through tons of kleenex BOO HOO. Funny how anyone who dares to disagree with them is an extremist , yet they think they stand for freedom.
commented 2015-12-08 03:10:54 -0500
Jay when did this happen?
commented 2015-12-08 02:10:58 -0500
Do people on here really consider Marine Le Pen to be a leftist? Why the shame about the term “right”?
commented 2015-12-08 01:28:37 -0500
Far right? Le Pen defends French workers right to join unions, the social-welfare system, the civil service, education, secular society… she sounds like a social-democrat. Oh, wait. She warns against Islamic immigration. So, that makes her far right.
commented 2015-12-08 01:18:54 -0500
CTV mentioned LePen’s success at noon. They called her a far right politician.
commented 2015-12-08 01:16:23 -0500
At long last I can say – “Vive la France!”….
commented 2015-12-07 23:20:11 -0500
If she gets in, France will burn……. then rebuild but it will have a lot less Muslims in it.
commented 2015-12-07 22:32:51 -0500
Le Pen is no pussy cat, she’s a tiger & there was no ….a…er…a….um….a …in her speech either. I can only wish our leaders should have such passion.
commented 2015-12-07 19:45:26 -0500
KEITH BARNES, “Newspapers in the UK are calling her a Fascist”. As I pointed out below, calling fascists as extreme right is a ploy for leftists on the extreme left. Fascists are as far left on the political spectrum as other totalitarian regimes like communists and socialists. Extreme far right would be anarchy, that is, zero government. Indeed, Nazi Germany was responsible for Jewish genocide while brutal Communist Stalin, on the other hand, was responsible for the Ukrainian genocide. Birds of a feather.
commented 2015-12-07 19:30:13 -0500
Congratulations Le Pen, you deserve it. The French people are finally beginning to wake up. Newspapers in the UK are calling her a Fascist. I call her a Winner and the last gleam of hope for France.
commented 2015-12-07 19:15:41 -0500
4 hours later, CBC hasn’t mentioned it yet.
commented 2015-12-07 18:49:03 -0500
Ezra, “Marine Le Pen is called far right….but, she’s not a fascist”. I wish Ezra would desist in referring to fascists as far right, a leftist ploy. Fascists are as far left on the political spectrum as other totalitarian regimes like communists and socialists. Extreme far right would be anarchy, that is, zero government.
commented 2015-12-07 17:25:01 -0500
One can hope. If either of the Lefties win, the French are Toast … but no Bacon, it’s Haram.
commented 2015-12-07 17:22:58 -0500
cbc and ctv will not cover this unless forced to – if it had gone the other way it would be headline news
commented 2015-12-07 16:30:08 -0500
J Kay – they will bury the story on page 40, or so.
commented 2015-12-07 15:56:14 -0500
How is it extreme to want to preserve their western culture, as opposed to medieval ideas, sharia ideas, bigoted ideas, violent ideas . . . . .
Well I hope you’re happy now Ezra. You just made some lefty reporter’s head explode! Blood n guts all over the computer, the wall, the desk – everywhere!!
commented 2015-12-07 15:37:47 -0500
CBC must be in shock and in damage control mode since they haven’t delivered this news at all. I can’t wait to see how they spin it. The Guardian in the UK has announced it but allows no comments on the subject. CTV doesn’t have anything yet. Thanks, Ezra for being first to bring us this news.