Here are six more minutes in English translation of the video of Marine Le Pen interviewed by Philippe Dessaint. This segment begins at about 10' and ends at about 16'. The 44-minute video can be viewed in its entirety in French at my post entitled Marine the Magnificent.
10' - 16': Dessaint asks her about her intention to renew contact with la Francophonie (French-speaking countries outside of France). Does it refer to the French language, the value of the French language?
- Of course. And I would like to point out that in some circles they no longer speak French, even the French no longer speak French. This represents a spectacular regression. And yet our language is one of the vectors of our culture. We are regarded, throughout the world, somewhat as an exceptional country, that, through our brilliance has done good. And this abandoning of the French language, this regression is the fault of our leaders who refused to defend the language because for them the language is an obstacle. It's much easier to speak English like everybody else. This way you can give more power to Business, to that famous Law of Commerce that crushes everything in its path.
Philippe Dessaint introduces Swiss journalist Darius Rochebin who asks her about Islam:
- In view of the Toulouse and Montauban killings and the fact that many Muslims are watching us now, explain precisely where, in your opinion, the problem of Islam begins? There is moderate Islam and violent Islam, where is the dividing line?
- For me it's the application of sharia. Honestly and sincerely I believe that is it. Our country has brought in a very large number of Muslims during the past decades, and we have this idea of saying that if they came it was because they were attracted to the French way of life and the values of our country. What I object to is that they come to our country with the intention of changing it. I mean they are trying to use force to apply their law instead of mine.
- And do you agree that Nicolas Sarkozy was very forceful in expelling Islamic militants…?
- No no no no no no no. Nicolas Sarkozy was a stepping stone for Islamic fundamentalism in France and abroad. And I cite as proof the role that he has accorded to Qatar, with the complete knowledge that it is one of the countries that finance Islamic fundamentalism…
- Excuse me, isn't that the beginning of Islamophobia? They are investors in Qatar, do you really think that they want to create an Islamic State?
- Oh, there is a desire to promote Islamic fundamentalism. But this is well-known. Anyone interested in world affairs knows that Qatar has financed, has armed jihadists, fundamentalists in all the revolutions that took place. Why would such a country invest in France just for the pleasure of it and not carry out its ultimate goal? When they invest in the ghettos, and they invest in the ghettos because there are Muslims, it's obviously to seize power by means of their investments.
- In Switzerland they have voted against the building of more minarets. Do you think it's a good idea?
- Yes I think you should ban minarets, because minarets are a political symbol. They have nothing to do with freedom of religion. It's like the multiplication of veils and burqas. It's a sort of public expression of the seizure of power of the public areas.
- Another thing, regarding halal and kosher, in Switzerland the ritual slaughtering of animals without first stunning them is forbidden. (Marine utters: "They're right.") Would you introduce this in France? Would you ban ritual slaughtering?
- Yes, I would ban ritual slaughter in France for reasons of "laïcité", and also, monsieur, for sanitary reasons, since there is a veritable sanitary bomb that no one speaks about, which is a contamination of meat, whether it be chickens that are 80% contaminated by bacteria because of the slaughtering method, or beef, and there are children who die every year from this contamination without the authorities taking any measures against this sanitary bomb.
- Your father was jubilant at the idea of being provocative, proud of being politically incorrect. What remains of that in you? Are you still jubilant?
- No I'm not jubilant. I'm fighting the system every inch of the way. He knows it. You know, it's not surprising if I find myself confronted with Mme Parisot, Monsieur Vingt-Trois, Monsieur Mélenchon, the CGT, Madame Kosciusko-Morizet…
Note: The above represent the system: the head of a manager's union, the archbishop of Paris, the Communist presidential candidate, a major labor union, the spokeswoman for Nicolas Sarkozy...
- What is there in you of your father?
- Pugnacity. And courage. Moral courage and physical courage to confront a system that is at times extremely powerful and at times terrifyingly brutal.
Labels: Election 2012, Marine Le Pen