August 23, 2014
Le Pen launches campaign for European Parliament amid protests
The far-right National Front (FN) leader, Marine Le Pen, officialy launched the party’s campaign for the European elections to take place in May 22-25, amid protests by the feminist group Femen who marched topless denouncing “Europe’s fascist epidemic”.
In line with the party’s ideology, Le Pen stated that the European Union (EU) “is a tecnocratic monster that only serves the interests of bankers”. In a press conference in Paris, Le Pen, favourite according to polls, said the coming elections were “a referendum to say yes or no to France”.
“We run with great advantage because, unlike our adversaries, we have clear ideas about the European Union”, she said.
According to recent polls, Le Pen’s FN could win up to 20 of the 74 French seats at the European Parliament, beating the conservative Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) as well as President’s François Hollande Socialist Party (PS)
The press conference was disrupted by 22 topless Femen militants with swastikas painted on her chests and Hitler-like moustaches that cried “Marine Le Pen is fascist”.
The protesters were prevented by police forces to go inside Maison de Centraliens building where the conference was being held but they loudly denounced the “fascist epidemic that is spreading across Europe” outside the building.
“Anti-FN militants shout in English. Bring a translator”, sarcastically twitted Marion Marechal Le Pen, granddaughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marine’s father and founder of the far-right party.