Can Le Pen Succeed: A Right-Wing Union In The EU?

Will the right-wing forces in the EU gain traction after Marine Le Pen’s failure to win a single county in the recent French regional polls?

Yes, Marine Le Pen’s plan for a European Union ‘Grand Alliance’ is doing well considering the route she has taken in France. The only question is whether she can overcome the vote-grabbing hurdles in her push for supremacy.

She made the headlines of some fine traditional business newspapers in Europe, a commanding performance for a ‘protectionist’.

Le Pen inherited the Front National from her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, accused and convicted several times at home and abroad of xenophobia and anti-Semitism.

However, the daughter changed the name of the tainted political movement. She now calls it Rassemblement National, or National Rally. Altogether, she clipped the wings of hyper-extremists who gravitated around her father and his extremist policies.

Marine Le Pen is projecting the softer image with a soft-power approach, that of a person who cares about France and its originality. She wants to save La France and Europe from foreign influence. Dismissing globalisation and immigration as destabilising forces against the purity of Europe. Or is it of the European white supremacists?

Nevertheless, she is making strides in her attempt to unite right-wing forces in Europe under one banner to make an impact in the European Parliament.

WIDER ALLIANCES

Le Pen is taking a different route from her father’s controversy-packed and physically engaging political path. Jean-Marie lived on controversial statements. A holocaust denier, he also chased off other right-wing politicians thus preventing a potential EU-wide alliance.

Le Pen is taking a different route from her father’s controversy-packed and physically engaging political path. Jean-Marie lived on controversial statements. A holocaust denier, he also chased off other right-wing politicians thus preventing a potential EU-wide alliance.

She has plans with other right-wing figures in Italy and Hungary to build a “grand alliance” in the European parliament.

This is where she believes she will make the impact that she finds is so hard to achieve in French politics.

The European Parliament is where her dad made a grand entry into regional and global politics. Jean-Marie was a member of the EU Parliament from 1984 to 2014.

He was also a member of the National Assembly of France for Paris: 1956–1962 / 1986–1988. Elected in 1956, reelected in 1958, 1986.

END GAME

What is the end game for Le Pen? To achieve what her father did not achieve, that is kick all migrants out and take France by storm?

The migrant crisis and terrorist attacks in France (reinforcing her political positions) made her a popular figure in the 2017 presidential elections. But she lost to the even more popular Emmanuelle Macron.

This was not her first attempt at the presidency. She also failed in 2012 against Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande.

While she is struggling to gain an upper hand in France, there are chances that her soft approach in politics would get her wider recognition in Europe.

But is she going to the EU Parliament to break it or fix it? Remember, Le Pen did call for Frexit at some point in her political career. Will she go there to call for France to exit the union?

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