A story has been in the news concerning a so-called "tract" that was distributed on June 6 in the city of Hénin-Beaumont where Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon are running for deputy. The tract (above) shows a picture of Mélenchon as Hitler, with the following quote to the left:
"Our objective remains to defeat the FN, to eradicate it politically, we will do whatever is necessary until we have the last word." (from an interview published in Direct Matin June 5, 2012)
In the background, a concentration camp with Hitler's slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work makes you free").
An article in L'Express fills us in on another tract that preceded the one above:
Workers for Mélenchon were conducting a door-to-door campaign in Montigny-en-Gohelle when they spotted anonymous tracts (below) with a photo of Jean-Luc Mélenchon and a quote from a speech he gave on April 14 in Marseille saying:
"There is no future for France without Arabs and Berbers from the Maghreb."
The "Communists managed to capture three bastards, who were anonymously distributing the tracts, in broad daylight, the idiots, a tract with my photo," insisted Jean-Luc Mélenchon Tuesday evening at a meeting in l'Essonne.
A lawsuit against X has been filed for election code violation. Mélenchon compared the tracts to "false propaganda" and said that it could cost Marine Le Pen her eligibility in all her functions.
Marine Le Pen's campaign manager Bruno Bilde, explained that the tract was an "individual" initiative, on the part of those "close" to the party, and that the FN was delighted. He did not find the tract to be insulting or defamatory. "I don't see the point of this lawsuit, unless M. Mélenchon is denying the pro-immigration speech in Marseille. This places M. Mélenchon face to face with his responsibilities and will allow us to engage him in debate," he added.
Revealing that there would be more tracts ridiculing her opponent's stand on immigration, Marine Le Pen declared:
"The idea was to create a buzz and to put the subject of immigration back in the center of the campaign. It succeeded very well. I take full responsibility for this operation. I don't find it at all disloyal, but politically effective."
And now we come to the second "tract" at the top. Who authored it? Marine Le Pen denies having anything to do with it. An article from François Desouche identifies the "anonymous" author of the tract who contacted the website giving his name as More-Majorum and explaining his motivations:
I am tired of hearing representatives from the near-totality of political parties , as well as a good part of the media classify the voters of the Front National as vulgar neo-Nazis. I am absolutely not a neo-Nazi, I just want France to be beautiful again and the French people to be proud, and not to hesitate to wave the French flag during events, as the British did recently for the jubilee of the Queen of England. In short, that they stop being ashamed of being French.
He recalls that the Communists were not exactly angels during WWII and cites a video of Eric Zemmour in which he explains the active collaboration of the Left.
I suspect that Mélenchon did not appreciate seeing himself made up as Adolphe Hitler (the presentation of my tract on his Facebook page lasted 3 minutes). But if he persists in his tall tales I am ready to begin again as many times as necessary, because his hatred of the ethnic French motivates me to the highest degree.
In conclusion, I want to point out that I do not belong to the Front National but I vote for this party because it is the one that best represents my patriotic values all year long, not only during elections when clientelism is the only goal, as in the case of the UMP.
For French readers, there follows a set of questions from FDS readers, directed at More-Majorum, about the genesis and execution of the tract and his motivations. He answers unhesitatingly and clearly.
I'm not sure what to make of this bizarre effort to support the FN and to denounce Mélenchon. More-Majorum sounds sincere. Assuming it is not a canard, has he done Marine Le Pen more harm than good? The problem with being Marine Le Pen is that she is the default scapegoat for every dubious action committed by anyone who supports her even if she is not implicated.
Could it be an extremely clever trick by Mélenchon himself or by someone in the UMP?
There are major differences between the two tracts, the first one being a normal image of Mélenchon with no implications except what he himself proclaimed in Marseille. The second one has him as Hitler with the implication that he is a Nazi, an accusation often hurled at Marine Le Pen.
The tract, instead of showing Hitler and the concentration camp, might have been more effective if it had shown Stalin and the Gulag, with the number of lives lost at the hands of the Communists. Then, at least, the author would have properly connected Mélenchon to the ideology he espouses.
Labels: Election 2012, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Marine Le Pen