Apr 3, 2017
The Hope of Marine Le Pen
With the exception of Israel, this blog seldom goes outside of the USA. I mention Israel, because today I write about Marine Le Pen, who is being compared to Donald Trump, as France's populist candidate. Marine Le Pen is a French nationalist who wants to divorce France from the European Union. She wants to reestablish her country's borders and currency. She wants to unlink their destiny with Brussels and Berlin, especially in regard to immigrants and refugees. Le Pen heads the far right National Front Party. The party was led by her father for decades, who was known for his anti-semitic statements.
Marine's rising popularity is tied to increasing fear about the unassimilated Muslim minority, and the radicalization therein. That radicalization has resulted in lethal attacks against the general population, and Jews in particular. Le Pen would minimize immigration, and greatly restrict refugees. She openly considers France a Christian nation. She would ban Hijabs, and expect Jews to sacrifice yarmulkas, instead using hats for religious head covering. She would ban dual citizenship outside of Europe, which would mean that some French Jews could no longer also maintain Israeli citizenship. While such proposed restrictions alarm most French Jews, there are those among them that find the status quo more dangerous. Complete religious freedom doesn't mean much if you're being run down by trucks or shot in Jewish Day Schools.
Unlike Trump, Le Pen is seasoned in politics and is articulate. The French election involves two rounds, with the first occurring this month. The top two vote getters face off in May.