Marine Le Pen redefining populist politics in France
Now let’s find out why populist politics has taken the centre stage in many of the old democracies across the world? What does this brand of politics aspire for? And finally, what is the main agenda of Marine Le Pen for her country?
By Makhan Saikia
National Front’s leader’s picturisation of France as a country weakened by both bureaucrats and burqas can impress many, but not beyond a point. Marine Le Pen has an edge, but she should not expect more. It would be worth watching how she scores in the French presidential elections
Populism in France is at its height. The upcoming presidential elections of the country may offer a chance to its far right political party National Front a rare chance to come closer to win the Elysee Palace. To many, Marine Le Pen, the leader of the party, may even win the presidential poll. If it happens, this will create a new history in modern France as the party has been struggling for the last four decades to snatch power from the mainstream parties in the country. With the escalation in the European migrant crisis, the ISIS-backed terror attacks in Paris and Nice, the successful Brexit vote and lastly, Donald Trump’s march towards the White House, her Euroskeptical and ultra-nationalist politics is fast gaining ground in France. Recent polls indicate her as a leading candidate for French presidency, respondents rating her much better over the socialist incumbent Francois Hollande. For many liberal and progressive observers of global politics, her rise is none other than an ominous signal not only for France, but also for entire Europe.
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The Pioneer, March 6, 2017
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