Bigot on Bigot Crime: Le Pen vs Le Pen

I’m broken up about an intra-party and intra-family feud going on in the neo-fascist National Front party in France. It seems that Marine Le Pen is upset with her daddy, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who founded the party, because his denial of the Holocaust makes it more difficult for the party to win elections.

The founder of France’s far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, vowed Friday to hit back at his daughter Marine, as a family and political feud grew increasingly bitter.

Marine, the party president, “is blowing up her own party … it’s not me killing myself, it’s she who is shooting herself in the foot,” the 86-year-old told RTL radio.

Jean-Marie appeared to be in no mood to back down, saying: “I will defend myself” and “probably go on the attack.”

The latest comments came amid a fierce war of words between father and daughter, after Marine said Jean-Marie was committing “political suicide” with recent comments about the Holocaust.

The controversy-loving Jean-Marie had said that Nazi gas chambers were a “detail of history” and defended war-time French leader Philippe Petain, who collaborated with Hitler’s regime.

It appears to have been the last straw for Marine, 46, who has sought to clean up the party’s anti-Semitic and racist image in a bid to make it more electable.

Oh, that’s gonna make Christmas dinner a bit awkward. Pass the popcorn.

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  • wreck

    “It appears to have been the last straw for Marine, 46, who has sought to clean up the party’s anti-Semitic and racist image in a bid to make it more electable.”

    There may not be enough lipstick on the planet for this pig.

  • John Pieret

    Nazi gas chambers were a “detail of history”

    Well, in the long run, I suppose that’s true. But in the 4.5 billion year history of the Earth or the 13.7 billion year history of this universe, the human species is just a detail, the entire existence of France is a detail of a detail and you, Jean-Marie Le Pen, don’t even make it to the exalted status of pimple on the ass of a detail.

  • laurentweppe

    It seems that Marine Le Pen is upset with her daddy, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who founded the party, because his denial of the Holocaust makes it more difficult for the party to win elections.

    Actually, it’s older than that: Le Pen founded the FN, but the man who originally organized it was an ex-trotskyist named François Duprat. This guy was a raging antisemite, and altogether a nasty, vicious little bastard, but he was much smarter than your average nasty, vicious little Jew-hater: he understood, long before the rest of the far-right, that antisemitism had become too politically radioactive to be a viable political platform, and until his assassination in ’78 argued that the far-right should

    1. Keep its antisemitism behind closed doors

    2. Use anti-immigrant rhetoric in order to gain votes from working-class citizens who would see the newcomers as unwanted competition

    3. Once in power, purge the upper-echelons of state’s bureaucracy, fill these with faithful far-rightists, and then resume the jewish genocide.

    Problem is, the average far-right activist was, well, too enamored to their own hatred to hide it as he advised, and Le Pen senior implemented a weird compromise: his party would make immigrants its main target (especially the contingent from North Africa: the far-right never digested Algeria’s independence: it is to them what Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation was to the DIxiecrats), but they would maintain the antisemitic rhetoric alive and well.

    Problem is, since the Vichy regime zealously deported as many french Jews as it could while the Resistance did all it could to protect them, ever since 1945, antisemite as been seen as synonymous with treasonous bastard to any french person with a modicum of knowledge and interest about her country’s history.

    That didn’t stop the FN from gaining a sizable chunk of the electorate, since there are enough French who either don’t give a shit about History’s lessons, their jewish compatriots or both, but so long as the FN openly remains Vichy’s heir, it will be bared from controlling the state and establishing the kind of despotate wished by its card-carrying members.

    Le Pen senior doesn’t mind: in the end, he’s like David Miscavige: he’s content so long as his cult provides him with the sybaritic lifestyle he’s grown used too. But his daughter is much more ambitious: she wants to broker an “alliance” between her party and the traditional right-wing parties in order to gain access to the state’s bureaucracy upper-echelon and sabotage the french Republic’s institution from the inside: but the condition sine qua non is to hide her party’s ongoing raging antisemitism.

  • laurentweppe

    There may not be enough lipstick on the planet for this pig.

    You own an apology to every pig as well as to every beacon-lover out there. (Who in his right mind would compare this noble, tasty, tasty animal with the Le Pen heiress?)

  • anubisprime

    This on the beeb news this morning…

    et tu monsiur le puddycat

  • dingojack

    Did Jean-Marie fart, or is there some other reason the NF is on the nose electorally?

    Dingo

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  • blf

    The father (Jean-Marie) has stood down for the upcoming regional elections and is now publicly supporting his granddaughter, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, who hasn’t learned — unlike the daughter Marine — so not blurt out aloud her / their bigotry, Jean-Marie Le Pen retreats in Front National family feud. All three of them are quite extreme bigots, with the main difference being the daughter (Marine) apparently has just enough charisma / skill / duplicity to trick some people into thinking she, and by extension the FN, aren’t facists.

    Locally, the FN are quite “strong” with c.24% of the vote — and slowly rising — in the last several elections. However, as far as I know, they have not won anything in my immediate area, albeit they did win a town council seat in a village about 100(?) km away a few years ago. And this last election, for the first time I can recall, I got some their election bumpf shoved into my snail-mail box (the previous election they had a rally in the area). I was seriously tempted to somehow “creatively” return it, along with a letter cursing them out in English, but couldn’t decide the best return method / “gift”. So I just burnt it instead before throwing it in the trash.

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  • laurentweppe

    the main difference being the daughter (Marine) apparently has just enough charisma / skill / duplicity to trick some people into thinking she, and by extension the FN, aren’t facists.

    No: the main difference is that Marine has just enough charisma / skill / duplicity to trick those who don’t vote for the FN into believing that her voters were tricked into thinking that she, and by extension the FN, aren’t facists.

    Far-right voters are perfectly aware that they are voting for fascists: the foolish ones are those who smugly convinced themselves that far-right voters are merely inept morons easily manipulated.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    It appears to have been the last straw for Marine…

    …whose new-found hope of becoming president of France is suddenly in even more jeopardy than before.

    All three of them are quite extreme bigots…

    Sounds a little like the Westboro Baptist Church. The family that preys together, stays together.

  • busterggi

    “It appears to have been the last straw for Marine, 46, who has sought to clean up the party’s anti-Semitic and racist image in a bid to make it more electable.”

    Apparently she doeswn’t get that those are what the party is based on.

  • blf

    Yes, “Marine has just enough charisma / skill / duplicity to trick those who don’t vote for the FN into believing that her voters were tricked…”. I concur that an uncomfortable number of the FN voters weren’t tricked, which suggests they understand some of what the FN claims it wants and wants to do. But I also suspect there is an element of what we seem to be seeing in the USA with the teathuggers, namely, fear — of the Muslim, of the EU/euro, of this and that and ghouls that go “BOO!” in the night. The FN in general, and Marine in particular, is actively playing on that fear, enough so she got Roger Cukierman to endorse her. (Admittedly, that is a low barrier, as Mr Cukierman is an extreme Islamaphobe (Mr Cukierman is the head of the Crif (Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France).)

    Despite their shared irrational fear of Islam and bigotry to Muslims, a Jewish leader (even a fruitcake) endorsing an antisemitic kook and party illustrates that more than just duping people about the people who voted for the FN is going on.

  • laurentweppe

    …whose new-found hope of becoming president of France is suddenly in even more jeopardy than before.

    Given that several of her underlings have recently been indicted in an affair of public funds embezzlement, she’s definitely caught the judiciary’s attention.

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    But I also suspect there is an element of what we seem to be seeing in the USA with the teathuggers, namely, fear — of the Muslim, of the EU/euro, of this and that and ghouls that go “BOO!” in the night

    The problem is that when people talk about “fear of the Muslim“, they imply that far-right voters are afraid that every and all french Muslims (and non-muslim French with Muslims ancestors) will turn overnight into Daesh’s suicide bombers. The very few people stupid enough to believe such a fable are already under legal guardianship, being -quite obviously- too cognitively limited to take care of themselves.

    What the far-right voters are really afraid of is seeing the children of underpaid exploited working poor immigrants becoming wealthier than their own kids, which is why they are attracted to a party which promise rigging the competition in favor of Whites.

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    Despite their shared irrational fear of Islam and bigotry to Muslims, a Jewish leader (even a fruitcake) endorsing an antisemitic kook and party illustrates that more than just duping people about the people who voted for the FN is going on.

    Cukierman is first and foremost a patrician (make no mistake: it’s not the fact that french Muslims are Muslims which provokes his animosity: it’s the fact that most french Muslims are Proles) and a growing number of french right-wing patricians are regarding the FN not as an enemy hellbent of overthrowing and replacing them but as a group of charlatans potentially useful in keeping the plebs divided (and Yes, their reasoning is as suicidally foolish now as it was when the German’s upper-class toyed with the very same idea)

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