Saturday, October 3, 2015

The FN Reverts to Form

Gone are the paeans to republicanism, the critiques of the euro, the gestures toward economists like Jacques Sapir who seemed to support Marine Le Pen's position on currency union, and the various other rhetorical stratagems by which Marine Le Pen sought to differentiate her party from her father's. The refugee crisis has changed all that, and it is now "safe" for the FN to fly its xenophobic colors openly. The party no longer needs to be "de-demonized" because the demons are on the loose un peu partout in Europe, and the demons are on the side of the Front. Hence FN mayor David Rachline of Fréjus can boast of having saved several sheep from ritual slaughter by Muslims. Mayor Robert Ménard of Béziers can storm a refugee shelter, demanding that they leave. And the party leader herself can go to Calais, where hundreds of migrants are living in squalid conditions and risking their necks to get out of France and cross the Channel to London, to announce that it's either the Vague Bleu Marine or la vague migratoire. One or the other will "submerge" France.

How ironic that Jean-Marie Le Pen should have been excluded from the party just as support for his ideas attains its apogee.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

"risking their necks to get out of France". Grotesque statement. There is plenty of evidence that to a large extent the squatters at Calais and Dunkirk are illegal migrants smuggled to Europe by criminal millionaire merchants of death. Those storming the tunnel, causing criminal damage to people and property (or 'risking their necks' as you describe it) are being aided and abetted by British "open border" anarchists and south-east European smuggling gangs now being pursued by French police. The crowd at Calais would never have gotten this far in the first place but for the collapse in the summer of the Dublin agreement and the failure of the EU properly to police its external border and support the EU's frontier states. The EU is falling apart over its disastrous handling of this crisis which is manna from heaven for right-wing parties across Europe. Viktor Orbán's popularity in Hungary is soaring with every roll of barbed wire he piles up along the frontier. German newspaper accounts -- Die Welt and Speigel among them -- offer regular horror tales about religious extremist mayhem, raping and rioting, in the temporary migrant accommodations provided by Berlin following Merkel's extraordinary moment of madness.

Anonymous said...

Sad to see such evidence less fear mongering on this blog

Anonymous said...

@ Anon October 4, 2015 at 9:19 AM. Google is your friend and might just help you get your head out of the sand.
Here's fresh "evidence" (AFP reporting) on the "risking-their-necks-to-get-out-of-France" crowd that attacked Eurotunnel: "Eurotunnel, which operates the complex, said the incident which took place shortly after midnight (2230 GMT Friday)was unprecedented, with migrants aggressively attacking its staff. This has never been seen before, it was a determined and well-planned attack," a spokesman told AFP. He said the group "ran through the terminal, pinning a number of staff members to the ground and throwing stones at them. A police source told AFP that earlier Friday evening there had been a substantial movement of migrants through Calais and towards the tunnel entrance "in the presence of No Border militants" -- an activist group backing free movement in Europe."

bernard said...

Le Pen and some of the comments appearing here remind me of BrechtDrei Groschen Oper : "und das Boot, mit dreissig Kanonen, wird beschiessen die Stadt". Either they have no clue of the difficulties of any solution or they actually plan to go for guns.

bernard said...

As for Le Pen, you read it here in my comment many months ago, the de-demonisation of the FN is very simply the demon dressing up in sheep's clothes. Just like the abandonment for now of the targeting of Jews by the FN is simply the result of the FN having decided to deal with the main enemy first, namely Arabs, prior to dealing with the Jews, the secondary enemy. One might say that this is indeed evidence that they have a major disagreement with Nazi doctrine which had Jews as the main enemy.

James Conran said...

I just watched the video of Menard harassing refugee-squatters. It is grimly amusing: the second man he sets upon is a Syrian with an amputated hand. Presumably realizing this doesn't make him look so good, he turns his ire on the people-smugglers and French pro-refugee activists who have supposedly exploited this man for financtial or political ends (unlike Menard of course).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdL9FJ9tcQM