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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Front commun contre la peste brune

by Maud Vergnol

Common Front against Brown Plague

Translated Tuesday 10 March 2015, by Gene Zbikowski

“It’s high time for the duplicity and the schizophrenia of the National Front’s program, which changes according to its president’s demagogic whims, to be shown in broad daylight.”

The joyful face of papa’s little girl keeps appearing on the front page of the national papers.

Not a day goes by without one of her sinister henchmen, after having been given a makeover on the benches of the National Administrative School (ENA), being given the red-carpet treatment. This unbearable advertising for the National Front (FN), whether done consciously or not, says a lot about the democratic shipwreck that threatens. From one election to another, while playing at “hide-and-go-seek” with those who sow despair, the FN continues to deceive and is managing to attract part of the social anger. But the forces of progress are not condemned to waiting and twiddling their thumbs while an alliance of authoritarian right-wing parties comes to power in two years’ time. It’s high time for the duplicity and the schizophrenia of the National Front’s program, which changes according to its president’s demagogic whims, to be shown in broad daylight. Marine Le Pen says she wants to free France from the financial markets? And yet her program recommends aggravating the budgetary golden rule, dear to Nicolas Sarkozy and the Brussels “bureaucrats” whom she pretends at every possible occasion to criticize vehemently.

The owner of a château in Saint Cloud pretends to be the candidate of the most impoverished?

But her senators have neither had a problem with the budget cuts imposed on health insurance and on the hospitals, nor with the government’s many presents to the big corporations. As to her local elected officials, they attack social housing projects and special energy rates for the poor, and they bleed the associations that ensure daily solidarity. The brown plague claims to wash whiter than white? It is however about to hold the record for the number of elected officials placed under formal investigation or found guilty. How long will they let people say that the woman who attends Austrian neo-Nazi balls is the guarantor of the French Republic? The deception has gone on long enough. Progressives can crack the social varnish that adorns Le Pen’s heiress, the guardian of the financial temple and the conscious guarantor of the death throes of the French Republic.


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