has taken the first step to selecting its new president and it looks like the 2016
Effect has spilled over into the following year. There were four candidates. Three
of them, Emmanuel Macron, Francois Fillon and Jean-Luc Melenchon, are exactly what
you would expect; the usual boring, suited, political zombies, just like the
incumbent Francois Hollande. However the fourth candidate is the French
equivalent of Donald Trump, a maverick non-establishment outsider Marine Le
Pen. I tried to get into the Oxford Union to see her when she spoke there: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/marine-le-pen-at-oxford-union.html.
She is the daughter of one of France's
most senior and long-served statesmen Jean-Marie Le Pen. Unfairly branded as
"fascists!" (Where have I heard that one before?), the Le Pens have
worked hard to assert France's national sovereignty, regain control of her
economy, financial system and borders; and free the country from the tyrannical
grip of the hated continental oppressor, the embryonic New World Order dictatorship,
the European Union. Jean-Marie spoke openly about his suspicions that the Charlie Hebdo massacre was a staged
event. A few days later he was almost killed when his house burnt down in an
"accidental fire", see: http://hpanwo-radio.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/programme-127-podcast-nick-kollerstrom.html.
The French electoral system is much more complicated than the British one.
There is a first round in which any number of candidates can stand; if none of
them gain a majority the top two move on to the second round held two weeks
later. I'm pleased to say that Marine Le Pen has achieved that. She will now
face Macron head-to-head on the 7th of May. Macron currently has a two point
lead on Le Pen, but hopefully that will change as the voters of the losing
candidates are forced to switch alliances. Marine Le Pen will face an enormous
struggle. Firstly, the media are completely against her. There are also signs
of ballot rigging, as we saw with Brexit and Trump. The two million expatriate
French voters have all been sent two postal voting slips each due to an
"administrative error"; the authorities know they are likely to be
pro-EU and "anti-Frexit". Also she will probably have to overcome the
hurdle that blew her father's 2002 presidential run a few years ago. When he
got through to the second round the left, centrists and conservatives all
united to back his rival Jacques Chirac simply to keep Le Pen Senior out of
office. There are already calls from President Hollande to try that again, see:
The good thing is because Marine Le Pen is female I have the perfect rejoinder
if a lefty SJW attacks me with: "Ben, how can you support this EVIL NAZI
Marine Le Pen!? You know she want to murder all black people and put all
homosexuals into labour camps!?" I will reply with fake tears in my eyes:
"But she might become France's
first 'woman president!' And you're against her!?... You MISOGYNIST!... SEXIST!...
RAPIST!... I'm well-and-truly triggered right now, I thought you should know!