The French populist Marine Le Pen has been an open admirer of Donald Trump, showing both are part of an international rebellion against globalism.
Zero Hedge tweeted about the populist Marine Le Pen:
Leading French Presidential Candidate Le Pen Spotted At Trump Tower https://t.co/LnWC123dYN
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) January 12, 2017
According to “Tyler Durden,” the main writer for the blog, the Trump Transition team said she wasn’t meeting with them today. Nevertheless, it is interesting that, in an unscheduled surprise visit to New York City, Le Pen would make a point of going there.
It’s all somewhat mysterious. According to Bloomberg,
French National Front leader Marine Le Pen was spotted at Trump Tower during an unannounced visit to New York less than four months before France’s presidential election.
An aide to Le Pen, who leads in the latest opinion poll for the presidency, declined to comment on her reason for being in the lobby of the building on Thursday. Le Pen waved off reporters when approached.
As a fellow populist, Marine Le Pen has supported Trump. The Bloomberg story explains,
Le Pen is set to launch her official campaign on Feb. 4 in a meeting with supporters in the French city of Lyon. She has repeatedly said she was supportive of Trump’s policies for the U.S. and called him “a sign of hope” for European anti-establishment politicians in a press conference this month.
Trump has met on several occasions with Nigel Farage, the former leader of the U.K. Independence Party, most recently in December.
“Durden” thought that Le Pen might be seeking help with her campaign from Trump. It she is on a fund-raising mission, perhaps her seemingly impromptu and unannounced appearance at Trump Tower is meant to remind potential supporters that France can and should win a similar victory. Maybe this was a way of getting free publicity since the media cannot resist publishing headlines about her visit. If so, I think Donald Trump would approve.
Populist Marine Le Pen wants to change France in a direction that Trump would also approve of. The Associated Press explains,
France is partnered with the United States and Russia in a global battle against Islamic militants. Francs, not euros, fill the pockets of French citizens. Borders are so secure that illegal immigration no longer fuels fears of terror attacks or drains public coffers.
That is France as envisioned by far-right leader Marine Le Pen, a leading candidate for president in the spring election: no globalization, no European Union, no open borders. The nation is its own master.
It’s a vision that holds increasing appeal for voters once put off by the image of Le Pen’s anti-immigration party as a sanctuary for racists and anti-Semites. A series of deadly extremist attacks, 10 percent unemployment and frustration with mainstream politics have helped make the party she has worked to detoxify a potentially viable alternative.
That image was encouraged by EU supporters and the media. The accusation of racism seems to be the only tactic that liberals have. But it’s not working like it used to—neither in Europe nor North America.