Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Front National

It's been a while since I've written about the Front National, but Marine Le Pen has put the party she hopes to inherit from her father back on the front pages. Hers is a double discourse: on the one hand, she wants to know why, if Michel Drucker can invite Olivier Besancenot and Jean-Luc Mélenchon to join him on the red couch, she can't be invited too. Not that she really wants to exchange banalities with M. Drucker, but it seems that the perennial host has become the touchstone of legitimacy in French political life: if Drucker can invite you, you're not beyond the pale. Firebrands can demonstrate their charm and receive anointment from the unctuous Drucker.

But on the other hand, Marine wants to demonstrate to the party faithful that she has taken from her father his knack for provocation, so she has raised the issue of Muslim "prayer in the streets" and zones in which shari'a has allegedly supplanted the laws of the Republic. (Perhaps Mlle Le Pen would be interested to know that the state of Oklahoma, gripped by similar fantasies, has outlawed the enforcement of shari'a within its borders.)

For a lucid commentary on all this, see Romain Pigenel's blog.


Romain P said...

Thank you for the link.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link!
Would you happen to know who Romain Pigenel is? He sounds young and articulate... I am getting tired of all the old guys from the Left that the radios keep inviting - in just a week, Jack Lang and Michel Rocard. Plus Duhamel who is ubiquitous on TV although he doesn't "analyze" anything anymore, just spouts what passes for wit. Also, there mustn't be many female pundits and political journalists and analysts, because seriously if you watch C'est dans l'air or Mots Croisés, there aren't any (ONE exception: Sylvie Brossolette.)
Drucker I'm ok with since his program seems to be geared to the 55+ set and he still does his job well.

On Sunday Rama Yade and Najat Belkacem were on Fr2's 13h15 le dimanche and they were interesting. I understand Lang and Rocard used to be big deals in the 80s, but I don't understand how they are relevant in any way to current France.
They're not even old in a Jimmy Carter way, like, wise, that'd be Badinter or Debré for example. Why is France fascinated with guys who used to be important 25 years ago? Why ask them for top-notch radio shows rather than younger folks?
Pigenel may have things to say, for example...