Marine Le Pen for Rural Traditions
Marine Le Pen has started a new website called Ruralité 2012, devoted to rural traditions and current problems in the countryside. Her immediate goal is to try to convince the mayors who gave their signatures to the CPNT party to give them to her.
The CPNT (Chasse, Pêche, Nature et Traditions - Hunting, Fishing, Nature and Traditions) is a lesser known party attached to the UMP party of Nicolas Sarkozy. The CPNT candidate, Frédéric Nihous dropped out of the race recently and threw his support to Sarkozy. Several other lesser candidates have dropped out as well.
A letter from Guillaume Vouzellaud, environmental adviser to Marine Le Pen, was addressed to the mayors who had sponsored Nihous. Here is an excerpt:
Beyond your personal convictions, you thought - justifiably so - that Frédéric Nihous would participate, with others, in the democratic debate preceding this election that will determine the political life of our country. However, with his withdrawal, and those of Jean-Pierre Chevènement, Christine Boutin and Hervé Morin, you can see that everything is being done to restrict the choices offered to our citizens. Political pluralism is in danger!
More serious still for the countryside, it seems that the unfortunate candidate of the CPNT was used merely as a "collector of votes" for the UMP candidate since he threw his complete support to Nicolas Sarkozy, a veritable gravedigger of country life, rural public services, and free administration of territorial collectivities… the countryside, for the UMP, is a France that's dead!
A few topics from Ruralité 2012:
- The rampant privatization of our national heritage goes on. Now it is the famous "haras national du Pin", in Normandy, department of l'Orne, the jewel in the crown of French equestrian art, that is being removed from State control.
Note: "Haras national" refers to the French national association of horse-breeders.
- Three months from the election Nicolas Sarkozy removed the hunting moratorium on curlews and eider that has been in place since 2003. We already are familiar with the migratory habits of these two elegant birds and we are thrilled that the mere approach of an election is sufficient to remove the dangers that threaten them…
One of the strongest criticisms hurled at Sarkozy is his adherence to the laws of the European Union that regulate the planting of vineyards:
- In 10 years the number of individual growers has decreased by 10% to the benefit of large companies, accentuating the progressive disappearance of independent growers and small cooperatives...