French Far Right Le Pen Family Feuding Over Nazi Supporter’s Expulsion
My gut tells me that this “family feud” is semi contrived - it’s all for show as the far right, new right, neo nazi, and fascist parties of Europe go new century. They realize that outward signs of Nazism are toxic, but that espousing every bit of their philosophy is just fine as long as you are careful with your words. So it goes as fascists continually reinvent themselves but always end at the same spot. Time will tell, and I suspect that Marine LePen will get caught out eventually, they can’t control their bigotry on the far right.
The plot of King Lear threatens to comes to life at the headquarters of the French far-right party, the National Front.
Rather like Shakespeare’s ancient king, the founder of the NF, Jean-Marie Le Pen, 82, has surrendered power to his daughter, Marine. Like King Lear, Mr Le Pen is not ready to go into a peaceful retirement.
Yesterday he publicly chided his daughter for expelling a National Front official who was pictured on a news website giving a Nazi salute to a swastika flag. Mr Le Pen suggested that Marine, 42, who is on holiday in Thailand, had acted “hastily” and she might like to “appeal against her own decision” when she gets back.