EuroActiv Profiling: Marie Le Pen, Far-Right Party Presidential Candidate in France

“Marie Le Pen: What she means for Europe,” from EurActiv:

For the first time in its history, France’s far-right National Front (FN) will not be represented by its founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen at the French Presidential elections.

If his daughter Marine has softened some aspects of the FN’s traditional positions and attained a degree of respectability, on one subject the objective has not changed: The European Union must be destroyed…

In the European Parliament, the “friends” of the National Front are so few that its three MEPs do not belong to any political group. In 2007, a formal Group was created called “Identity, Tradition Sovereignty”.

However, it broke up when the five MEPs of the Greater Romania Party withdrew because of harsh statements against Romanian immigrants made by one of the Group’s members, Alessandra Mussolini, the granddaughter of the Italian dictator.

The FN also has longstanding ties with the Flemish-Belgian nationalist-secessionist party Vlaams Belang (Flemish Movement, VB). An FN spokesperson has said that the two parties “converge in areas such as immigration, the fight against crime, and the ‘Islamisation’ of Europe”.

The FN has good relations with the Lega Nord, an anti-immigrant Italian political party which campaigns for the autonomy of northern Italy. Last year, Le Pen visited the Italian island of Lampedusa – which was a focal point of uncontrolled immigration from North Africa – with Lega MEP Mario Borghezio…

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