Battle for the soul of France

“A choice of civilizations,” says Marion Maréchal-Le Pen


Hot on the campaign trail is Marine Le Pen’s 27-year-old niece Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, a Front National MP.

The fast-rising political star warns overflow audiences throughout the country that the “Frenchness” of the nation is in grave danger from Islam, globalism and the European Union.

A fervent Catholic, she reminds her fellow citizens of the words of Muslim cleric Marwan Muhammed, who says that in 30 years France will be a Muslim country.

“France is a country with Greco-Latin and Christian roots,” she has said. “We will place this heritage in our constitution and we will put an end to those eternal debates which lead to Christmas cribs being banned from town halls.”

She speaks passionately about the French soldiers who died in the world wars. “Fathers, uncles, brothers sacrificed themselves so that France would stay French. If we fail to do that, their sacrifices will have been in vain and we will have betrayed our ancestors.”

She hates everything Macron stands for. “Macron has said there is no French culture. For him, our country is not a nation, it’s a space. I gaze in wonder at a gothic cathedral and marvel at the majesty of Racine’s verse, but all that doesn’t exist for Macron. The only thing that counts is productivity, the economy, benefits.”

Maréchal-Le Pen calls the election “a choice of civilisations” — between a borderless business culture and a patriotic country that protects its workers; between Christianity and Islam; between globalism and France.

The same concerns, she says, that drove the Brexit vote and the victory of Donald Trump.

Her fervent message is bearing results. Her aunt, Marine Le Pen, is locked in a dead heat in the polls with chief rival Emmanuel Macron. Each is polling at 26 percent.

Scandal-ridden former prime minister François Fillon is a distant third with 17 percent. Also runners Socialist Benoît Hamon and European Parliament leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon trail with 12 percent each.

Election watchers say Le Pen is actually ahead in the polls because many voters are imagesreluctant to voice their support for the right wing candidate. This is exactly what happened in U.S. election polling that had Clinton leading — and we all know how that turned out.

Immigration was a big issue in America. Trump, the nationalist, campaigned on a promise to stop the rampant influx of immigrants and refugees, or at least curb it. Clinton, the globalist, not only saying she wouldn’t cut it back, but vowing to increase it.

images-4So it goes in France. Marine Le Pen, the nationalist, wants strict control of the borders to stop the current flood of migrants and refugees and the crime and barbarism they bring to France.

“You, the French citizen,” she said at a recent rally, “have the right to make up your own minds, to protect yourselves from open borders.”

And then you have Emmanuel Macron, a Hillary Clinton globalist, calling for open borders and a national acceptance of mass immigration. “Asylum seekers,” he said “are fighting for their freedoms and their lives.”

Millions of migrants will move to Europe from third world countries in the coming decades and that’s okay with him. The French economy minster said it’s impossible to escape such an influx and that France should “reconcile” itself with this fate.

images-5Macron, a former investment banker, was trying to forge an alliance with Hillary Clinton before her shock defeat. Macron wanted the then-Democratic presidential candidate to attend a roundtable dinner with several European politicians. It didn’t work out.

The writer Mathieu Bock-Côté said Macron represents “all that France wants to extricate itself from.”