A SUMMARY OF THE FRENCH ELECTIONS AND FRONT NATIONAL FROM A NEUTRAL FRENCH PERSPECTIVE
By Sylvain Gaspard
The upcoming French presidential election is a major battle in the Culture War; Globalist interests (since the 80s) have over the last decades progressively ruined France. Emmanuel Macron, former Minister of Economy under the current Hollande (Socialist Party) government and one of the two-party major candidates, is par excellence the embodiment of those interests.
Macron’s main rivals are François Fillon (Republican Party), who rests on a similar economic platform, but from a more socially “conservative” premise, then there’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon (Front de Gauche) a tumultuous Humanist acclaimed by Far-Left voters, and Marine Le Pen, embodying French patriotism, nationalist interests on a cultural and overall political nature, and outspokenly politically incorrect. All of them are the four candidates out of eleven who potentially could reach the second round in conclusion of the first round for which voting will take place on the Sunday 23rd of April.
Marine Le Pen is both the heir and the reformer of a long history of the patriotic party Front National (FN). Her father Jean-Marie Le Pen back in 1957 founded the party that would become a symbolic outsider party against the encroaching political project of Eurocrats and the Globalist establishment, a party that originally included many elders from the original French resistance of WW2 , the de Gaulle Patriots. Interestingly it would be François Mitterand (The Socialist Party) that originally had ties to Pétain’s Vichy government, one that has often been attributed as a puppet administration colluding with the Nazis.
“I give my all to Maréchal Pétain as he did himself, give his all to France. I commit to serve his disciplines and to stay loyal to his legacy and work” – François Mitterand
Initially granted with only a marginal influence on the political scene, the National Front would acquire a surge in polls beginning after the 1981 election of Socialist François Mitterand, whose electoral success was not unrelated to an appeal to the Communist Party electorate: the up-to-then strong Communist Party would drop with a gradual decrease in the polls, partially deserted by voters from the proletariat and the working-class in favour of the National Front.
The party would for over two decades (mid-1980’s to early 2000’s) become known as the “third political party of France” and polling more than 30% in several cities and regions on various elections, polls not unrelated to the increasing immigration at the same period, and the « feelings of insecurity » that would follow.
This success of the National Front through its leader Jean-Marie Le Pen would culminate at the 2002 presidential elections. Le Pen achieved what many considered to be a surprise win -and for some a massive shock- when he made it to the second round, marking a break from tradition, as the first time in the history of France’s 5th Republic, when the two major parties (The Socialists and Republicans) were not together in the second round for the presidential election.
In a very anti-democratic but probably cautious move, Jacques Chirac did not honour the tradition for debate that usually takes place between the two candidates for the second round. In conclusion, Jean-Marie Le Pen scored very low (less than 18%) because of all hysteria entertained by the establishment, notably the mainstream liberal media, and the established political class considered FN’s rise to popularity as an “assault against democracy” as well as other arrogant names they are known to resort to call that which does not fit conveniently into their narrative.
Le Pen ran again in the 2007 elections, but gained minimal momentum in the polls, only noticeably achieving gains on the regional level.
However, in 2011 his daughter, Marine would be elected the head of the Front National and from there, she would start major work (referred to in France as the dédiabolisation of the party): to change and polish the image of the party, and more specifically her own image and name, the unpopularity of which she inherited from her father, to design a more “presidential” personality.
The “Le Pen” candidate thus moved from being a personality emblematic of the mythical use-of-term by Mainstream media: “The Far-right,” and outdated by the image of the often stuffy, traditional nationalistic ideals of Jean-Marie, behind whom all others would assemble, to a updated, patriotic Centre-Right independent candidate.
Le Pen’s voters traditionally come from the conservative elders as well as the disillusioned working class, for the most part. These would be characterised as the Religious Christian traditionalists, some elders of the conventional Republican party movement, and obvious cultural nationalists; as well as the working class or blue-collar demographic who are more alienated by the great Cosmopolitan on-goings of major metropolitan cities, originally from industrial, agricultural/farming background and who would have voted traditionally more to the Left.
Recently with the new change in image and a new appeal to all French people, it is no surprise then to discover that many French from all social backgrounds are now in her electorate: students, as well as many younger voters, the gay community, a significant surge in black voters, as well as a surge in Jewish, and second-third generational Algerian-French arabs too, conveniently overlooked by the world media, to try to continue to brand Le Pen’s brand as anti-Semitic or Neo-Nazi.
“Interviewed as to their preferred candidate for the election, young people (average between 18-34 years old) are 24% looking forward to the victory of Le Pen, on par with her opponent Emmanuel Macron.”
Marine Le Pen’s more controversial policies are in line with recent events unfolding, especially during the current wave of New Right populism, namely the outcome of Brexit and the consequential fragility of the European Union given the rise of figures like Hoffer in Austria, the AfD in Germany the NO resulting vote in Italy and resignation of Matteo Renzi (a Eurocrat), as well as Geert Wilders’ PVV rising to second position as largest political party of the Netherlands.
Le Pen’s ambitions are much in line with many of these figures, a return of power back to a national level, and to bring about accountability for the people and to the political class. She wants France to leave the EU and return to its national currency as well, in place of the Euro, and she plans to do this by submitting these decisions to a popular referendum – again given the French people their inalienable rights to decide what they choose to be the best for their own, and not an unaccountable Parliament in Brussels. This constitutes part of her core project for France, repeatedly hammering these points across on her ambition to give back to the French people their “four-fold sovereignty” as it relates to the: economical, territorial, legislative, and monetary.
This, along with her approach to the policy against immigration are the main target of criticism that she receives by the establishment (both in media and political), i.e. the all too expected warnings that leaving the EU would be a disaster for the French people and overall bring about some pseudo-Armageddon.
On the other hand, regarding her position on immigration, I personally find that she may be a bit too caught up on the “migrant” issue (not unlike Trump’s building of a border wall on the Mexico border), and that may be one of the reasons that this distracts others from voting for her, not to mention fuelling the usual accusations by the French mainstream media, of “hatred” and “racism” that she and the National Front have endured for years now.
If one grants her the benefit of looking at National Front’s party platform and Le Pen’s policies, instead of reading into the demonization, as the French media do, especially her position of being in favour of controlling immigration at the borders, I find most of her program to be very sound, and as a potential leader she appears intelligent, strong, articulate, and capable –having the necessary stature for being our president– and more importantly she comes across as the most sincere in her convictions.
Overall Le Pen is rather a Centre-Right politician, especially given her economic program, contrary to the popularised myth of her and FN being “far-right”. This is coherent with the patriotic position of taking pride in the French history of social struggles and more specifically the acquisition of privileges by the lower classes in the 1930’s with the Front Populaire (a coalition of parties on the Left side of the political spectrum at the time). Le Pen also aims for a protectionist economy and more freedom given to small- and average-sized enterprises (PME). Amongst her other remarkable policies, is the implementation of a “referendum on popular initiative,” that would allow a minimum of 500,000 citizens to trigger a national referendum on various legislative issues.