I had the pleasure 🙂 of watching Marine Le Pen last night, on France 2’s marathon political interview show ‘Des paroles et des actes’. I’ve seen her on TV countless times but not in this format. It was 2 hours and 10 minutes of pure, unadulterated populist demagoguery. And without commercial interruption. I was marveling throughout. She is a carbon copy of her father, in her personal style, gestures, and, above all, discourse. She doesn’t hang out with outright fascists—it’s a generational thing—and is not an antisemite—this we know—but there are no significant differences between the two otherwise. And like her father she is fort en gueule, shameless, and relishes brawling with journalists and political enemies when given the chance. Three of her cross examiners last night were on the left—Cécile Duflot of EELV (whom I’ve come to like), Caroline Fourest (whom I like rather less), and Laurent Joffrin (like)—and who nailed her at several points in her contradictions and lies, but she was unfazed. This was not Sarah Palin and Katie Couric. One may watch the whole thing here.
BTW, mutatis mutandis there is no significant political difference between Palin and Marine LP. Or between today’s Republican party and the France’s Front National. French frontistes would be at home in the Tea Party and Tea Partiers in the FN. If anyone disagrees, please explain why.