ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Le FN laisse encore parler sa haine sur Facebook
Translated Sunday 27 October 2013, by
The campaign to “de-demonize” the National Front (FN) has just been marred by two new examples of their municipal election candidates’ obvious racism. “You see the true face of the FN” being expressed on the social networks.
“Marine Le Pen is trying to get us to believe that the National Front is not a far right political party, but once again, this is flagrant proof,” said a spokeswoman for SOS Racisme. At issue is an excerpt from the portrait of the FN candidate in the municipal elections in Rethel, in the Ardennes. Anne-Sophie Leclere is a blond, thirtyish woman who makes no bones about her “Marinisme” and who trained at the “Campus Bleu Marine.”
On her Facebook page she published a picture comparing justice minister Christiane Taubira to a monkey. When a woman journalist showed the picture to Leclere and asked if this was not racism, after all, Leclere casually replied: “No, this has nothing to do [with racism], a monkey is still an animal, a Black is a human being, I have friends who are Black (…) She’s a savage. If worse comes to worst, I prefer to see her in the trees, in the branches, to seeing her in government,” “She shows up like that, frankly she’s a savage, when they talk to her about something serious on television, she smiles at you, but if you’ve seen it, a diabolical smile.”
“A casting mistake,” Florian Philippot, the FN vice-president, says soothingly, who has suspended Leclere’s candidacy. However, she had already run as FN candidate in the 2012 legislative elections, just three months after joining the party.
“I’m appalled by what I hear, but basically I’m not surprised. She expresses out loud what they quietly think at the National Front,” was the reaction of the president of the League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA), Alain Jakubowicz, when interviewed by the Agence France Presse. “You see the true face of the National Front. She may have been suspended, but she represents what this political party thinks, at bottom.”
There are many examples.
A coincidence in the calendar and the social network, another FN official, Julien Sanchez, a regional councilor, was found guilty on appeal on Oct. 18 of having allowed two Internet users to publish overtly racist comments on his Facebook wall.
And it is necessary to remember that it was learned one year ago that a former FN candidate in Champagne has a Nazi fresco tattooed on his back.
In July 2011, a member of Bruno Gollnisch’s inner circle was sidelined for having proclaimed himself an “anti-Semite.”
In April 2011, Alexandre Gabriac, a regional councilor in the Rhône-Alpes was excluded from the FN after the publication of photos showing him making the Hitler salute. In May 2011, another FN Rhône-Alpes regional councilor was punished for the having done same thing on the same social network.