Tuesday, June 30, 2009


LePen's daughter in National Front victory

Mainstream parties rush to prevent far-right from seizing control of council

REUTERS

Marine Le Pen casts her vote in Hénin-Beaumont on Sunday.

The French political establishment scrambled yesterday to try to block a significant electoral breakthrough by the daughter of the veteran far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen.


Marine Le Pen, 40, and her running-mate topped the poll on Sunday night's municipal by-election in Hénin-Beaumont, an impoverished former coal mining town near Lens in the Pas de Calais. Having won nearly 40 per cent of the votes cast in the first round, the Le Pens' National Front party is in a strong position to capture its first town hall for seven years in the run-off ballot this Sunday. It would be the first time that the ultra-nationalist, anti-immigrant, anti-European party has taken control of a town council in the depressed industrial areas of northern France. Victory would also strengthen Mme Le Pen's chances of inheriting, and attempting to modernise the NF, when her 81-year-old father retires in the next two to three years.

All other French parties, from the far left to President Nicolas Sarkozy's centre right, appealed yesterday for the creation of a "republican front" to block Mme Le Pen this weekend. They appealed to all voters to support the independent, left-wing candidate, Daniel Duquenne, who came second in the first round with just over 20 per cent of the votes.

In theory, this should be enough to defeat Mme Le Pen and prevent her local chieftain, Steeve Briois, from taking over the Hénin-Beaumont mayor's office. A scattering of warring left-wing candidates and the moderate right captured more than 55 per cent of the vote on Sunday.

However, attempts to create "republican fronts" against the NF have backfired in the past. The party is never happier than when it can argue that its moderate opponents are all the same, all "rotten" and in permanent alliance against "the people".

This argument will have especial resonance in Hénin-Beaumont, which has been run by left-wing parties for more than 70 years. The by-election became necessary when the Socialist mayor, Gérard Dalongeville, was arrested in April on multiple accusations of corruption and favouritism. It provided an electoral windfall for Mme Le Pen, a town councillor who has been nursing the local constituencies in national and European parliamentary elections.

The youngest and most political of Jean-Marie Le Pen's three daughters, she has the overt support of "papa" in the struggle to succeed him as the head of the NF. She is, however, detested by the hard-line, xenophobic and socially conservative wings of the party because she is regarded as too liberal (pro-abortion) and too willing to abandon the party's traditional, red-meat racial issues.

A victory in Hénin-Beaumont, where she has campaigned as an anti-EU, anti-globalist populist, would strengthen her case that the NF needs to change its tactics to survive. After reaching 16.9 per cent of the national vote in the first round of the 2002 presidential election, M. Le Pen slumped to 10 per cent in 2007 and his party took only 6.3 per cent in the European elections this month.

The NF captured four town halls in the south and in the Rhône Valley in 1996 and 1997 but lost them all over the next five years through defections, splits or electoral defeats. A victory in Hénin-Beaumont, a town of 26,000 people where the unemployment rate is 20 per cent, would justify Mme Le Pen's hunch that the future of the party lies in depressed former industrial areas, rather than its traditional hunting grounds in the deep south and east.

Hénin-Beaumont, whose last coal mine shut in 1970, closely resembles the areas of Lancashire and Yorkshire where the British National Party, which has links to the French National Front, scored well in the European elections.

The BNP won its first two seats in the 736-member parliament and far-right parties tasted success in countries including Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania and Slovakia.


NWN: There seems to be a competition in nationalist parties as to who can get rid of their racial policies the quickest. Will it be Nick Griffin or will it be Le Pen ?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nationalist parties are being taken over by reactionary middle class people - and taken away from it's working class roots.

Anonymous said...

This is why reactionary types like Chris Hill must be watched .

GriffinWatch said...

Masonic handshakes seem to be the order of the day with Griffo. and Le-Pen.

Anonymous said...

As the article says there have been massive splits in the FN, several very long standing respected, senior members broke away last year and stood against the Le Pens in the Euro elections. By all rumours the same is now happening within the BNP.

Anonymous said...

Is it true that Michaela MacKenzie, Jenny Noble & Lee Barnes have been sacked by Gri££in? The Le Pen family Ltd had a clear out recently of some of their officers.

NWN Admin said...

Is it true that Michaela MacKenzie, Jenny Noble & Lee Barnes have been sacked by Gri££in? The Le Pen family Ltd had a clear out recently of some of their officers.

30 June 2009 15:08

It would appear so !

There is a discussion over on NATIONALISTS ONLINE forum about this;

http://www.nwn-forum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1558

Anti-gag said...

Dear Anonymous (12:35 & 12:46hrs),

You said:

'Nationalist parties are being taken over by reactionary middle class people - and taken away from it's working class roots. This is why reactionary types like Chris Hill must be watched .'

I say:
Excuse me, I'm upper class!

From
Chris Hill Esq
(Lancaster)

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6IFrd-9Z4s&eurl=http%3A%2F%2


SPREAD THIS VIDEO AROUND OF THE MOST DISGUSTING TRAITORS!!!

Anonymous said...

Helen Thomas: Not Even Nixon Tried to Control the Media Like Obama
Wednesday, July 01, 2009

President Obama is introduced before taking questions during a discussion on health care, July 1, 2009, at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale , Va. - Following a testy exchange during Wednesday’s briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas told CNSNews.com that not even Richard Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to control the press.

“Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try.

“What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”

Protest about the enforced starvation and murder of German soldiers AFTER WW2