French fascist politician jailed for calling black minister chimpanzee


National Front politicians Marine Le Pen and Anne-Sophie Leclere, French parliamentary election poster

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Former Front National candidate jailed for calling black minister a chimpanzee

John Lichfield

Wednesday 16 July 2014

In the severest sentence of its kind ever handed down in France, a former far-right local politician has been sentenced to nine months in prison for comparing a black cabinet minister to a chimpanzee.

Anne-Sophie Leclère, a senior Front National municipal candidate in northern France, posted adjacent images on Facebook of a female chimpanzee and the justice minister, Christiane Taubira. The first image was labelled “at 18 months old” and the second “now”.

Anne-Sophie Leclere and her racist comparison

Challenged about the images in a TV documentary last year, Ms Leclère, 33, said: “On the whole I would rather see (Ms Taubira) in the branches of a tree than see her in the government.” She was rapidly expelled from the FN as part of a drive by its leader, Marine Le Pen to clean up the party.

The Front National was nonetheless – to its fury – also found guilty late on Tuesday of inciting racial hatred by a court at Cayenne, in Guyane in the French West Indies. The FN was fined €30,000. Ms Leclère, from Rethel in the Ardennes on the Franco-Belgian border, was given a nine months’ jail sentence, fined Euros 50,000 and banned from politics for five years.

Both the FN and Ms Leclère have appealed.

FN leaders attacked the judgement as a “judicial ambush” “immoral” and “politically biased”. They complained about the fact that the case had been heard in Guyane – Ms Taubira’s birthplace and an overseas part of France which has an overwhelmingly black population.

“Clearly, in the court in Cayenne, the normal rules do not apply,” the FN said in a statement. “These incredible violations of our legal system must be vigorously denounced.”

The judgement was also criticised by some – not all – centre right politcians but welcomed by the centre-left government and by anti-racist pressure groups.

The government spokesman Stéphane Le Foll, said that he was not going to “judge the judgement” but the attack on Christiane Taubira was “perfectly revolting, unacceptable… and a racist act.”

The lobby group SOS-Racisme said that the court’s ruling should be a landmark in public attitudes to the FN, which topped the poll in the French part of the European elections in May. “This party, whose driving force is hatred of others, can no longer pretend to discover that its election candidates are racist or anti-semitic each time that a controversy like this arises,” the group said.

Ms Leclère was the head of an FN candidates’ list for municipal election in Rethel in Ardennes when she was interviewed for a TV documentary last October. She was [a]sked about her Facebook posting comparing Ms Taubira to a chimpanzee. She said it was a “joke” and “not racist” but she would rather see Ms Taubiura in a tree than in the cabinet.

The FN expelled her from the party, describing her as an “error of casting”. Several similar incidents involving FN municipal candidates followed.

Ms Taubira, 62, is a brilliant academic and lawyer turned politician who has risen from deep poverty in Guyana to one of the top two or three posts in French government. She is detested on the hard right of French politics for pushing through a law legalising same-sex marriage last year.

Soon after Ms Leclère’s attack on her on Facebook, Ms Taubira was greeted by anti-gay marriage protesters on a visit to Angers in central France. They included children carrying “bananas for the monkey.”

Polish extreme right joining Le Pen, Wilders


This video from Poland says about itself:

5 October 2013

Hundreds of demonstrators marched for gay, lesbian and transgender rights in the annual Equality Parade in the Polish city of Wroclaw on Saturday, despite threats from the right-wing Polish National Rebirth group who threatened to disrupt the demonstration by throwing eggs at marchers.

According to Dutch daily De Volkskrant today, extreme right politicians Marine le Pen of the French National Front and Geert Wilders of the Dutch PVV party, today came a step closer to forming an officially recognized parliamentary group in the European parliament.

To form such an official caucus, members of the European parliament from seven countries are needed.

Le Pen and Wilders already had the support of Vlaams Belang in Belgium; FPÖ in Austria; and Lega Nord in Italy.

Today, they are said to have reached an agreement with Kongres Nowej Prawicy (Congress of the New Right) from Poland.

Maybe, there would also come an agreement with Tvarka ir Teisingumas (Order and Justice) in Lithuania, bringing the total to the seven which they need.

Translated from De Volkskrant about Kongres Nowej Prawicy:

The Polish Party Congress of the New Right is called extreme right in media. Party leader Janusz Korwin-Mikke has advocated the abolition of the right to vote for women. He also expressed itself anti-Semitically. And Adolf Hitler supposedly did not known anything about the genocide by the Nazis on the Jews.

Marine Le Pen fails to form far-right bloc in European parliament. Leader of France’s Front National concedes defeat in bid to secure extra speaking time, staff and funds from EU budget: here.

Marine Le Pen at a recent arms fair. The Front National leader had hoped to create a pan-European extreme Right alliance. Photograph: lCHAM/Sipa/Rex

On Friday, June 6, Jean-Marie Le Pen, honorary president of the neo-fascist National Front (FN), verbally attacked well-known artists in an interview, one of whom is Jewish and who had criticized the FN after the European elections. He threatened them, saying: “We will make an ovenload of you next time”, alluding to the extermination of the Jews by the Nazis in crematorium ovens: here.

French students demonstrate against racism


This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

Netherlands: Anti-racism protest ahead of Le Pen’s visit to The Hague

12 November 2013

Around 100 demonstrators took to the streets of The Hague Monday with the motto “The problem is called Racism” to protest against racial violence. Protesters marched from Hobbemaplein towards the city center with banners reading “The Hague against racism” and sang slogans against racism and against the police.

The demonstration took place a day ahead of the French National Front leader Marine Le Pen’s visit to the country to meet with the Party for Freedom’s (PVV) leader Geert Wilders. Both leaders will hold talks to discuss their cooperation in the European Parliament.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

French students rise against racist Front National

Saturday 31st May 2014

Thousand of students have launched rallies across France in staunch protests against the racist policies of the neofascist Front National.

Waving banners that read “No to the Front National” and “Wake up, France,” youthful demonstrators rallied on Thursday in Lyon in the east of the country, as well as in Paris, Toulouse, Rouen, Amiens, Nantes, Marseille and Bordeaux.

“We respect the result of the European elections — of democracy — but we do not accept the values of the FN,” said Silvio Philippe, one of the organisers of the Lyon rally.

“French democracy is in danger.”

The FN took top spot in a nationwide election for the first time on Sunday, beating mainstream political parties to take 24 of France’s 74 seats in the new European Parliament.

The Front National, led by Marine Le Pen, said that it wanted France to quit the euro, reinstate national border controls and repatriate the bulk of Brussels’s powers to national parliaments.

After the vote, Ms Le Pen claimed that voters had demanded “only one type of politics — a politics of the French, for the French and with the French.”

But the underlying theme of all its campaigning was racism and a reactionary nationalism which appalled the youth of the country.

Young people met in cities across the country to demonstrate their rejection of racism and bigotry.

In Paris, thousands of students assembled at the Bastille.

Police said the crowds topped 4,000, although organisers insisted that was a gross underestimate and the real total was double that figure.

Another group of students numbering around 3,000 rallied outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg carrying banners reading “We will not let fascism happen.”

While in Lyon about a thousand students met to protest against the neofascists, carrying posters that read “Lyon, capital of the resistance.”

Demonstrators shouted: “We are all the children of immigrants” as they marched in Toulouse, where another 2,000 young people gathered, displaying banners proclaiming that they were “fed up with the FN.”

The rallies were organised by student unions and Socialist, Communist and Green youth groups.

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French racists target mosque


This French video shows footage about Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Front, and her contacts with Franz Schönhuber, German neo-nazi and ex-officer in Hitler’s SS.

From AFP news agency in France:

French mosque files complaint over pork pate in letterbox

Accompanied a threatening letter

Published: 18:13 April 18, 2014

Versailles, France: A mosque in the Paris suburbs said Friday it had filed a complaint with police after slices of pork pate and a threatening letter were stuffed into its letterbox.

Authorities at the mosque in Mantes-la-Ville, a town of 19,000 in the western suburbs of Paris, said the incidents reflected a “worrying climate” after the town last month elected a mayor from the far-right National Front.

The head of the association that runs the mosque, Abdul Aziz Al Jaouhari, said about a dozen mouldy slices of pork pate were discovered in the letter box on Wednesday.

The next day, an anonymous letter arrived calling Muslims “cockroaches” and wishing “good luck” to the new mayor “because he has a lot of work to do for a good cleansing, in particular of the Muslim race”.

“There is no question this was a racist and provocative act. It is the first time in the 12 years of the mosque’s existence that it has been the target of this kind of racist attack,” the association said in a statement.

It said it had filed a criminal complaint for “provoking racial hatred or religious discrimination” with police.

The association said the incidents were “especially worrying” given the “worsening social and political context” in the town after the election of FN [National Front] candidate Cyril Nauth in last month’s municipal elections.

Nauth won the town with 30 per cent of the vote, becoming the only elected mayor from the FN in the Ile-de-France region that encompasses the French capital and its suburbs.

USA: Outrageous Tea Party Bigot Allen West Attacks Muslim-Americans On Fox News (Video): here.

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French Marine Le Pen can be legally called a fascist


This video says about itself:

Madonna Defends Use of Swastika on Marine Le Pen‘s Forehead: Front National Party Threatens Suit

27 July 2012

American pop singer Madonna is defending her use of an image depicting French far-right politician Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed on her forehead after Le Pen’s party threatened legal action. Madonna said the image was meant to highlight intolerance toward immigrants and religious minorities and she refused to remove it from a video played during her live performances.

A music video, no longer on YouTube, used to say about itself:

Madonna performed her song ‘Nobody Knows Me‘ in front of a giant screen showing Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead.

Skip to 1:32 in the footage below to see Marine Le Pen in Madonna’s show.

Marine Le Pen then threatened to sue Madonna for this.

The truth evidently hurts for racist French politician Marine le Pen; who inherited her Front National party leadership from her holocaust-denying father Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Though that other video is gone, this one is still on YouTube.

It is called Madonna Stade de France (Nobody Knows Me Interlude). After 56 seconds, the video shows Marine Le Pen with swastika, leading to much sound from the audience.

From Radio France International:

Thursday 10 April 2014

Front National‘s Le Pen can be called fascist, court rules

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has failed in a bid to prevent political opponents called her a “fascist”. The Front National (FN) leader sued hard-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon for use of abusive language over remarks he made during the 2012 presidential campaign in which both were candidates.

“Why do you think that the French people would be the only people to want a fascist as leader?” was Mélenchon’s response to an opinion poll putting Le Pen in the lead in the first round of the presidential race.

The Paris court on Thursday threw out Le Pen’s case, ruling that this was fair comment in political debate.

“If the term ‘fascist’ can have insulting connotations when used outside of any political context or if accompanied by other demeaning terms, it has, on the other hand, no insulting character when employed between political opponents on a political subject,” it declared.

Mélenchon could “legitimately make his opinion known … without transgressing the limits permitted to freedom of expression on the question”, its judgement said.

“The whole FN policy of trying to silence journalists and political opponents … has failed,” commented Mélenchon’s lawyer, Raquel Garrido. “Madame Le Pen has today been condemned to put up with being called a fascist.” …

Le Pen, who is trying to clean up her party’s image, has threatened to sue anyone calling her “extreme”.

Last week she lost another legal battle with Mélenchon when she was fined 10,000 euros because her party distributed a fake leaflet in his name during a by-election in northern France.

Ms Le Pen herself had called Islam ‘green fascism’ and anti-National Front bankers ‘gold fascists’.

Marine Le Pen attacks British UKIP: here.

The efforts of Marine Le Pen to organise an alliance of Eurosceptic parties to disrupt the European parliament have been damaged by her father’s latest anti-Semitic remarks on the Front National website: here.

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Dutch anti-Wilders-Le Pen poster


Dutch poster about Le Pen and Wilders

This is a poster from the Netherlands about the cooperation in the present European election campaign between Dutch xenophobic politician Geert Wilders and his extreme Right French colleague Marine Le Pen.

On the left in the poster, Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder, honourary president, father of his daughter Marine whom he appointed as successor, European parliament member and 2014 European election candidate of the National Front party is quoted: “The holocaust is a detail in history“.

In the center of the poster, daughter-successor Marine Le Pen agrees (she is on record saying that the only difference between her and her father is that she has more hair). Though Ms Le Pen is now in her late 40s, she still lives at her father’s house.

On the right of the poster, Geert Wilders says: “There is nothing wrong with the National Front“.

The caption at the bottom of the poster says: “Today, Wilders is in bed with all kinds of extreme Right parties which are full of racists, holocaust deniers and LGBTQ haters“.

Finally, the poster refers to the site WildersBFF.nl, about who Wilders’ ‘Best Friends Forever‘ are.

The French fascists are buoyant.  Brimming with energy after recent electoral success, the leader of the Front national (FN) Marine Le Pen has come up with a new way of punishing the Mohammedan interlopers.  Their children should be made to eat pork or starve.  And in towns that the FN have taken control of, this will be policy: here.

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French National Front politician advocates concentration camps for Roma


This video from Romania says about itself:

The exile from Bassarabia, a documentary about [Hitler's] Roma holocaust

28 Jan 2013

A documentary made by the National Roma Center in cooperation with E-Romani Glinda from Sweden.

From The Local in France:

‘Concentrate’ Roma in ‘camps‘: far-right runner

Published: 04 Mar 2014 13:26 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Mar 2014 13:26 GMT+01:00

A National Front party candidate running in Paris’s municipal elections has caused outrage by suggesting the best way to deal with the country’s Roma population was to “concentrate” them in “camps”. It is just the latest outrageous gaffe made by National Front affiliates.

In a blog posting, the top candidate on the National Front’s electoral list in Paris’s posh 6th arrondissement lashed out at the presence of Roma people in his district and offered up a solution that has caused outrage among anti-racism campaigners.

Paul-Marie Coûteaux, a candidate for Marine Le Pen’s “FN-Rassemblement Blue Marine” party, wrote in his February 19th post: “But what can the Minister of the Interior do–apart from concentrating these foreign people in camps–where life would undoubtedly be so below what they counted on that they would prefer to flee such inhospitable territory?”

The comments were naturally seized upon by anti-racism campaigners in a country which has often been criticized for its policy of mass deportations of Roma, which reached record levels last year.

In a statement SOS Racism denounced “Coûteaux’s “vile words” and announced it would press charges of racism in the coming days “in light of the severity and wretchedness of this anti-republican text.”

His words also provoked outrage among Twitter users. “Apart from this the National Front are not racist hey? Paul-Marie Coûteaux wants to replay the night of the long knives,” wrote one of the many tweeters who compared his words to Hitler’s policies.

“Couteaux” means “knives” in French.

National Front election threat

The ensuing anger his comments drew online and in the French press came just weeks before municipal elections are to be held across the country.

There are concerns the National Front, with its anti-immigrant and anti-Europe stance, could put up a strong showing as it attempts to continue its recent march towards mainstream power. …

‘I’d prefer to see her hanging from a tree’

In October Anne-Sophie Leclere, who was due to run on the party’s ticket in the northern French region of Ardennes in March, was suspended by the party after comparing Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who is black, to a monkey in a Facebook post.

The post included a photo montage of a baby monkey, with the caption “18 months”, next to an image of Taubira with “now” written below it. Leclere attempted to explain the post to a TV news reporter.

National Front compares Black minister to ape

“Honestly, she’s a wild animal, coming on TV with that devil’s smile,” Leclere told France TV.

“I’d prefer to see her swinging from a tree than in government,” she added, denying that she or the photo were racist, claiming, “I have friends who are black.”

Only last month another National Front candidate was barred from running for election after it was discovered he had a tatoo honouring a unit of Hitler’s SS division that operated in France.

Critics say this type of incident and the words of candidates such as Coûteaux reveal the true colours of the National Front’s members.

“Concentrating Roma in camps,… yes the National Front has changed… or not! It’s the same old shop, again and again,” Tweeted Damien Toumi.

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