Marine Le Pen Attacks ‘Savage Globalisation’, Tells Youth: ‘Vote! We Are at the Dawn of Change’
Front National leader and French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen addressed a crowd of some 2,000 mostly young supporters in Bordeaux, telling the assembled: “Vote! We all feel it, we are at the dawn of a change of civilisation!”
Speaking to the packed-out hall of the Parc des Expositions on Sunday, Le Pen said: “I want to make sure that young French people can live and work in France.”
She outlined her policy pledges, including constructing student housing, increasing housing benefits for under-27s, and introducing a short-term tax-exemption scheme for businesses that hire under-21s.
Nearly a quarter of young voters support Le Pen (24 per cent) matching support for her main rival, former Socialist party member and former investment banker Emmanuel Macron.
Another 19 per cent of 18-24-year-olds want the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon to win, and 14 per cent said they would vote for hard-leftist Benoît Hamon of the Socialist party. Only 10 per cent said they would back the centre-right Republican Party candidate François Fillon.
She also attacked “savage globalisation”, which she blamed for ruining French industry and creating mass unemployment, adding that France is “without control, without protection, without frontiers”.
“Let us revive the European idea in the diversity of the nations of Europe,” she said, “which has its roots in a rich history.”
Defending “grassroots democracy” and positing herself as the “real alternative”, Le Pen denounced what she called the “coalition” of opposition including Macron, who is running under the political movement En Marche! (Forward!), and Fillon.
“Behind the marketing smile of the one [Macron] and the defeated mask of the other [Fillon] is the smirk of globalisation, immigration, and EU that you resist.”
“Macron’s positive discrimination means negative discrimination for others in their own country!” she warned.
Pro-mass migration, globalist, and cultural leftist Macron, who has called for positive discrimination in employment, is attempting to court migrant communities – but in the process may struggle to convince France’s native working class.
Le Pen also singled out the mainstream media, which she accused of colluding with the establishment candidates. “The media are raging against us with their venomous arrows,” she said.
“Our opponents now join forces, multiplying insults, threats, defamations against us, amplified by the sounding board of the press … Every expert the media world gives credence to is mobilising to lock down the debate.”
“It is not a question of commenting [because they are bound by journalistic ethics to do so], but of denigrating, of caricature, because they know how to do only that,” she affirmed.
The next televised debate of all candidates will be broadcast on 4 April on BFMTV.
Current polls suggest Macron is just ahead of Le Pen (25 per cent to 24 per cent) ahead of the first round of voting due to take place on 23 April.
GIBRALTAR: EU ACTING LIKE “CUCKOLDED HUSBAND” IN BREXIT DISPUTE
British PM prepared for war to defend Gibraltar
Apr 3, 2017 by Clifford Cunningham
The Spanish government has reasserted claims over the territory of Gibraltar in an effort to gain leverage over the United Kingdom in Brexit negotiations, prompting the territory’s government to suggest the EU is acting like a “cuckolded husband.”
Gibraltar’s chief minister, Fabian Picardo, lashed out at European Union Council President Donald Tusk for proposing that Spain be given veto power over future relations between the territory and the EU after Brexit.
“Mr Tusk, who has been given to using the analogies of the divorce and divorce petition, is behaving like a cuckolded husband who is taking it out on the children,” Picardo told Reuters in an interview. “This is clear Spanish bullying.”
While a majority of the territory’s residents voted to remain in the EU, they have regularly expressed overwhelming support for remaining under British rule as opposed to rule by the Spanish government.
“We are not going to be a [bargaining] chip and we are not going to be a victim of Brexit as we are not the culprits of Brexit: we voted to stay in the European Union so taking it out on us is to allow Spain to behave in the manner of the bully,” Picardo added.
“The way that the European Council has behaved in allowing Spain to single out Gibraltar in this negative way is really quite pernicious.”
When the references to Gibraltar and Spain became public, British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement noting the UK was “steadfast” in its commitment to defend the territory’s sovereignty.
“The Prime Minister said we will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another state against their freely and democratically expressed wishes, nor will we ever enter into a process of sovereignty negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content,” the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement.
Former Conservative Leader Michael Howard suggested Prime Minister May is prepared to go to war to defend Gibraltar, just as former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher went to war with Argentina in 1982 over a territorial dispute involving the Falkland Islands.
“Thirty-five years ago this week, another woman PM sent a task force halfway across the world to defend the freedom of another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country,” Howard told Sky News. “I’m absolutely certain that our current prime minister would show the same resolve in standing by the people of Gibraltar.”
Michael Fallon, the British Defense Secretary, echoed Howard’s comments, suggesting the British government is prepared to go “all the way” to protect Gibraltar.
“The U.K. goes to war over the principle of consent around the world and the people of Gibraltar have expressed their views to what they think the sovereignty of Gibraltar should be, democratically and freely,” Picardo noted during an interview with Sky News.
Gibraltar was ceded to the United Kingdom “in perpetuity” under the terms of the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht, which signaled the end of the War of the Spanish Succession. In a 2002 referendum, Gibraltarians rejected a proposal for joint British-Spanish sovereignty by a 98 percent margin.