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Marine Le Pen: 'Obama is more right-wing than me'

Matthew Warren · 2 Sep 2011, 08:22

Published: 02 Sep 2011 09:13 GMT+02:00
Updated: 02 Sep 2011 08:22 GMT+02:00

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Marine Le Pen, the leader of the hard-line nationalist Front National, has compared her political views to a range of other politicians, claiming she is "neither right-wing nor left-wing."

"I'm struck when I see the Front National is the only political movement which systematically gets the 'extreme right' label," she said, adding it was an attempt to "demonize" the party. 

"Obama is more right-wing than I am," she said. "His big act in social matters is to create social security. Personally, I would go much further than him."

"The Front National is not an extreme right party," she said. "The Front National is a party that respects democracy….We are republicans and we respect and even defend the principles of the French republic."

Surveying the political landscape, Le Pen also found a kindred spirit in some aspects of Socialist Arnaud Montebourg's thinking. 

Montebourg is currently competing to win the Socialist Party nomination to be presidential candidate in 2012. Like him, she has frequently denounced the perceived excesses of globalization.

Le Pen likened her views on the role of the state to those of General Charles de Gaulle, who led France for ten years from 1959 to 1969.

"I think there should be a strategic role for the state and a regulatory role for the state," she said. "Let's say that I have a Gaullist vision of the role and the place of the state."

In a taste of how the Front National will campaign in next year's presidential elections, Le Pen stressed the primacy of the party's policy for France to leave the eurozone.

The party will also campaign on more traditional themes of reducing immigration, restricting social benefits and giving first rights on housing and jobs to French-born people. 


Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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Your comments about this article

2011-09-08 18:00:28 by merlu free
I think that Obama was elected with the support of latinos and black american. But he has received from W.W.W Bush, such a mess, that it is impossible to overcome the chalenge. Now about Mitterand, he loved so much the ''poor'' that he has multiplicated charply the number of them in our country.
2011-09-07 15:25:02 by willowsdad
Obama was elected with the support of Wall St. and big business and he works in their interest, as do all US leaders. The socialism they believe in is socialism for the rich.
2011-09-05 19:52:00 by ST FUP
She is brilliant.
2011-09-03 18:49:51 by Eric
Obama right wing? Well I guess he is a little to the right of Joe Stalin, but that doesn't make him right wing.
2011-09-02 21:44:56 by willowsdad
No surprise there: all US politicians are essentially right-wing.
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