Friday, February 15, 2013

Marine Le Pen denounces the Femen

Marine Le Pen condemns the exhibitionism of the Femen, who burst into Notre-Dame cathedral on February 12, undressed, and shrieked slogans against the Pope:

The intrusion and the outrageous, vulgar shrieking from the militants of the Femen group in Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, to "celebrate" the resignation of the Pope, is an insult to believers, and a manifest violation of our republican values.

The Republic guarantees freedom of religion to all and the right to practice in dignity in houses of worship.

It is neither tolerable nor acceptable that in the name of deviant feminism, we accept such behavior inside the very place sacred to Catholics.

Furthermore, it is easy to attack a cathedral in France and a peaceful religion. It is much less so to go demonstrate for women's rights and homosexuals' rights in places where they are non-existent.

Let the Femen, who have set up a "training center" in Paris for a "new feminism" practice their trade in Saudi Arabia, where a preacher advocates full-body burqas for little girls from the age of two, or in Nigeria, where the senators have adopted a law providing for a "penalty of ten years in prison for anyone who directly or indirectly makes public an intimate relationship with a person of the same sex…"

Note: She has gone further this time in denouncing the Femen than she did on November 18, when she seemed almost to imply that the Catholics demonstrating in the Civitas rally had provoked the trouble. Let's hope she has become aware of the strong anti-Taubira sentiment in the country, among Catholics above all, but not exclusively, and that she realizes that the Femen were to blame for any disorder on November 18.

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At February 15, 2013 5:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DP111 writes..

Marine Le Pen looks to be a forthright and brave woman. A kind of Margaret Thatcher. So what is it that holding here back? Its as if she is under political or personal restraint. What, or is it that she just looks forthright but isn't.

At February 16, 2013 3:09 PM, Anonymous dauphin said...


Marine is forthright and brave, but she is prisoner to some degree of her party's image and the mistakes her father made in public relations. Her purges have been somewhat successful, but the media will not let her forget the past of the FN. So she sometimes has to tread carefully as she tries to build credibility and acceptance. But I think Hollande is gaining her new adherents daily.

At February 16, 2013 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The MSM will vilify her come what may. She must realise that. The more she tries to appease the MSM, the more they will be encouraged to attack her.

The only way for her is to take on the MSM headon. Geert Wilder's method is what she needs to emulate.


At February 17, 2013 1:07 PM, Anonymous dauphin said...


Marine is actually very confrontational with the MSM, while maintaining her smile and polite forms of address. The trust she is trying to gain is that of mainstream voters, to move beyond a fringe electorate so she can win, and thus she is careful to avoid falling into traps laid by journalists and she confronts them head on, taking guff from no one.

At February 21, 2013 3:02 PM, Blogger Theodore Harvey said...

"a manifest violation of our republican values. "

No, no, no, a thousand times no!!! It was a perfectly natural outgrowth and expression of "republican values." Has she not heard of the whore enthroned at Notre Dame during the Revolution? I say death to "republican values" and Vive le Roi!

This is the problem with Marine Le Pen and the whole French Right: they still believe in the Revolution and the Republic, a diabolical abomination from the pits of hell that must be destroyed.

At February 21, 2013 8:54 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ Theodore Harvey,

Of course. This is why the traditional Catholics have either rejected her or expressed grave misgivings. On certain points she is fine. But recently she has revealed some serious weaknesses that I thought had been worked out. For example, the occupation of the Poitiers mosque should have aroused her firm support. Instead she evaded the topic, or paid lip service, and very reluctantly. She was, as I indicated, not enthusiastic about the Civitas demonstration against homosexual marriage in November. Some pressure must have been put on her for her to openly denounce the Femen. But look at how she describes them - "deviant feminism". It's similar to "radical Islam", as if there's any other kind.

Everyone concurs that she wants political success. But this means, ipso facto, a diluting and weakening of her platform. She is by nature not really a traditionalist. But I think her main problem is that she comes under the influence of certain "gurus" who seem to be able to make her bend to their will. At one time it was Alain Soral, a hateful person. Now it may be other members of the party, including some homosexuals. Many Front National members were unhappy with her reticence on the Poitiers mosque and her indifference to Civitas.

Finally, there are those who perceive she is not only not a right-wing politician, but actually an extreme leftist. I believe journalist Eric Zemmour said this, but I have no link to provide.


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