Le Pen says shes no Wilders

1st June 2011, Comments 1 comment

In an interview with national Dutch radio, leader of the French right-wing National Front Marine Le Pen has said that, unlike Geert Wilders, she is “not waging war against Islam”, but is fighting the Islamisation of French society.

The youngest of three daughters who took over from her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, last January outlined her revisionist line on the party’s extreme right stand: “I’m not my father…Our party is not based on hate towards others, but on love for our own country.”

Not racist: patriotic Ms Le Pen has distanced herself from her father’s controversial views on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. “I am not racist, not anti-Semitic, not xenophobic, but patriotic,” she said.

has succeeded in bringing the National Front not just back into the spotlight but back into the presidency competition with a driving force. She dismisses the adage “extreme right” for her party, seeing herself as a “moderate”. 

Qur'an: don't read literally “That’s the difference between Geert Wilders and me. He reads the Qur’an literally: you can’t interpret the Qur’an – or indeed the Bible – literally. I resist fundamentalists who want to impose their will and law on France. Sharia Law is not compatible with our principles, our values or democracy,” Ms Le Pen asserted on Radio1 in the interview with reporter Frank Renout.

If successful in France’s presidential elections next year, Ms Le Pen would set up a ‘sovereignty ministry’, to enable “France to be its own boss in its own country”. France should determine its own policy on financial matters and immigration.

Le Pen: populist and popular Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party PVV emerged with 24 seats as the third largest party in the 2010 Dutch elections. The PVV took part in government formation talks and supports the minority cabinet in parliament.

According to a survey, published in March in , Marine Le Pen is so popular would gain an unprecedented first-round victory if the French were to go to the polls today.

It's not unthinkable that she could beat President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose popularity is plummeting and who's being portrayed more and more in the media as 'Monsieur Bling-Bling'. As the straight-talking mother of three said on Dutch radio: "Our victory is a certainty, whether it's in 2012 or 2017."

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

1 Comment To This Article

  • Stan posted:

    on 3rd June 2011, 01:55:03 - Reply

    not like Wilders ? I guess not--she isn't as honest as him, or as brave. On the other hand,she's more like him than she wants us to think.

    She's fighting the "Islamization of French society " but not Islam ? Oh please-what a crock ; Wilders is fighting against Islamization too, and if you don't like Islamization, how the heck can you not be against Islam ?

    Her party is not based on "hate towards others , but a love for her country ? Surprise- HIS party is not based on hatred for others either, but just like her, he is trying to help Europe because he loves it as well as his own country.

    And those who listen to her should realize Wilders started this whole movement against Islamization, and after he gave that green light , a lot of others in Europe mustered up some courage too and startted their own similar parties.

    That she compares him to herself unfavorably only means she's trying to make herself look less extreme than him. As it is now, even if the courts do not convict him, he is a martyr for sure because he's been in hell for the past 4 years--for freedom. She'll never get there.