Sunday, October 30, 2016

Du rififi chez les Frontistes

The Front National being a family business, it's hardly surprising that it should be the scene of repeated family quarrels. Marine Le Pen, having booted her father, is now having to confront her niece Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the apple of her grandfather's eye. Marion wanted to do a prime time TV show with David Pujadas and Lea Salamé; Marine said no; Marion complied. For now the rift has been patched over.

The younger Le Pen, restless and ambitious, will bear watching throughout the presidential campaign. Will Marine assign her a role? Will she play it if assigned? She is too canny to think of striking out on her own at her tender age. She needs Marine more than Marine needs her. But she commands the loyalty of a significant fraction of the party, which Marine does not want to alienate unnecessarily, despite her differences with her niece. It will be interesting to watch how they negotiate this pass.

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