Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen May Join Forces

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Now that anti-EU parties are the rising stars, there is talk of larger cooperation. The European left benefits from being integrated to some degree. And this is an interesting pairing.

Both Wilders and Le Pen are popular and dynamic figures. Though Le Pen is careful to paint herself as “moderate” on Islam, which is not surprising considering some of the sources of support for her and her father’s party.

“We could perhaps campaign together for the elections,” Le Pen told Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad.

“It’s important that the voter sees that we do not stand alone, that similar patriotic movements are active in every EU country,” she said.

Le Pen said earlier this year that she wants to begin a pan-European far-right parliamentary grouping, including her National Front (FN) party, after the May 2014 European elections.

Le Pen and Wilders have many similar policies, from immigration to protectionism, but Wilders reportedly wanted to keep his distance because of the anti-Semitism of Le Pen’s father and the founder of the FN, Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Marine Le Pen, currently an MEP, and Wilders had lunch in Paris in April, but a date wasn’t set for her to visit The Hague, the NRC newspaper paper said.

“The current system has a lot to lose if our movements work together,” Le Pen said.

“We must not fall into the trap of demonising each other, that’s just what the established parties want. I think Wilders is intelligent enough to understand that.”

“Don’t forget that Wilders and I have a different history and we work in different contexts.”

Le Pen said that she was “perhaps less radical” than Wilders concerning Islam.

While she fights against Islam’s presence in public life in France, “I have nothing against Islam in itself,” she said. “I don’t think that Islam is by definition incompatible with democracy.”

It’s not exactly an embrace, but France still think it’s a great power and Le Pen benefits by being seen as a leader on regional and international issues. I’m not sure how much Wilders would benefit from the association.  Still Wilders has been pushing harder for such a project.

UKIP firmly rejected Wilders and the proposal for image reasons. Le Pen appears to be careful of the image issue, but somewhat more willing to consider the prospect.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    Cooperation and integration are two different matters. The aim of Euro-skeptic groups is to reject a greater integration so that they can deal with political matters locally. Clearly this means that cooperation is possible even if there is no common ground on how to proceed internal in each individual nation. It must be made clear that an association is not an endorsement or rejection of the internal policies of the other members. Indeed, one could even join with left-leaning Euro-skeptic immigrant-skeptic groups if there were any. Perhaps labor groups?

  • Anitoli

    Every thing that is screwing America the EU wants to duplicate. Washington DC is the best business in town;unemployment in the area is almost as low as North Dakota’s . DC is a great vacuum sucking in the well being of our country and dispersing it to Mega business and political power organizations.
    The politicians have have nothing to fear from the public as democracy is but a ritual that always comes out the same. Ping Pong politics causes it.

    The EU is a homologue of our decaying system.

  • LindaRivera

    Weak, spineless UKIP, have neither the courage or the ethics to speak out against the greatest threat Britons and the world’s innocents have ever faced: ISLAM. Join hero Paul Weston’s Liberty GB, Britain last great hope! http://libertygb.org.uk/v1/

    It would be good for Britain’s Liberty GB to unite with Geert Wilders and all of the other European Freedom Parties! We must NOT lose our freedom to Islam!

    Why Is This Not Treason? by Paul Weston http://libertygb.org.uk/v1/index.php/news-libertygb/6024-why-is-this-not-treason

    I’m deeply shocked that Marine Le Pen states: “I don’t think that Islam is by definition incompatible with democracy.”
    Has Le Pen not read what the Quran, mosques and all Islamic teachings say? Islam teaches to wage jihad against non-Muslims and conquer our countries!
    Islamic sharia law utterly DESTROYS the freedom and human rights of non-Muslims!

    frontpagemag: Sharia for Dummies By Nonie Darwish (ex Muslim) 1- Jihad, defined as “to war against non-Muslims to establish the religion,” is the duty of every Muslim and Muslim head of state (Caliph). Muslim Caliphs who refuse jihad are in violation of Sharia and unfit to rule.

    2- A Caliph can hold office through seizure of power meaning through force.

    3- A Caliph is exempt from being charged with serious crimes such as
    murder, adultery, robbery, theft, drinking and in some cases of rape.

    4- A percentage of Zakat (charity money) must go towards jihad.

    5- It is obligatory to obey the commands of the Caliph, even if he is unjust.

    6- A caliph must be a Muslim, a non-slave and a male.

    7- The Muslim public must remove the Caliph if he rejects Islam.

    8- A Muslim who leaves Islam must be killed immediately.

    9- A Muslim will be forgiven for murder of: 1) an apostate 2) an adulterer 3) a highway robber. Vigilante street justice and honor killing is acceptable.

    10- A Muslim will not get the death penalty if he kills a non-Muslim, but will get it for killing a Muslim.

    11- Sharia never abolished slavery, sexual slavery and highly regulates it. A master will not be punished for killing his slave.

    12- Sharia dictates death by stoning, beheading, amputation of limbs, flogging even for crimes of sin such as adultery.

    13- Non-Muslims are not equal to Muslims under the law. They must
    comply to Islamic law if they are to remain safe. They are forbidden to
    marry Muslim women, publicly display wine or pork, recite their
    scriptures or openly celebrate their religious holidays or funerals.
    They are forbidden from building new churches or building them higher
    than mosques. They may not enter a mosque without permission. A
    non-Muslim is no longer protected if he leads a Muslim away from Islam.

    14- It is a crime for a non-Muslim to sell weapons to someone who
    will use them against Muslims. Non-Muslims cannot curse a Muslim, say
    anything derogatory about Allah, the Prophet, or Islam, or expose the
    weak points of Muslims. But Muslims can curse non-Muslims.

    15- A non-Muslim cannot inherit from a Muslim.

    16- Banks must be Sharia compliant and interest is not allowed.

    17- No testimony in court is acceptable from people of low-level jobs, such as street sweepers or bathhouse attendants. Women in low level jobs such as professional funeral mourners cannot keep custody of their children in case of divorce.

    18- A non-Muslim cannot rule — even over a non-Muslim minority.

    19- Homosexuality is punishable by death.

    20- There is no age limit for marriage of girls. The marriage contract can take place anytime after birth and can be consummated at age 8 or 9.

    21- Rebelliousness on the part of the wife nullifies the husband’s obligation to support her, gives him permission to beat her and keep her from leaving the home.

    22- Divorce is only in the hands of the husband and is as easy as saying: “I divorce you” and becomes effective even if the husband did not intend it.

    23- There is no community property between husband and wife and the husband’s property does not automatically go to the wife after his death.

    24- A woman inherits half what a man inherits.

    25- A man has the right to have up to 4 wives and none of them have a right to divorce him — even if he is polygamous.

    26- The dowry is given in exchange for the woman’s sexual organs.

    27- A man is allowed to have sex with slave women and women captured
    in battle, and if the enslaved woman is married her marriage is
    annulled.

    28- The testimony of a woman in court is half the value of a man.

    29- A woman loses custody if she remarries.

    30- To prove rape, a woman must have 4 male witnesses.

    31- A rapist may only be required to pay the bride-money (dowry) without marrying the rape victim.

    32- A Muslim woman must cover every inch of her body, which is considered “Awrah,” a sexual organ. Not all Sharia schools allow the face of a woman exposed.

    33- A Muslim man is forgiven if he kills his wife at the time he caught her in the act of adultery. However, the opposite is not true for women, since the man “could be married to the woman he was caught with.”

    34-It is obligatory for a Muslim to lie if the purpose is obligatory. That means that for the sake of abiding with Islam’s commandments, such as jihad, a Muslim is obliged to lie and should not have any feelings of guilt or shame associated with this kind of lying.

    The above are clear-cut laws in Islam decided by great Imams after years of examination and interpretation of the Quran, Hadith and Mohammed’s life. http://frontpagemag.com/2010/nonie-darwish/sharia-for-dummies/

    Nonie Darwish is the author of “Cruel and Usual Punishment; the terrifying global implications of Islamic law” and founder of Former Muslims United.

  • RCraigen

    Please.

    Let us not leave unchallenged when these leftist journalists use terms like “far-right” to characterize people, even putting it into the mouths of conservatives. The very term is offensive, and intrinsically pejorative. They may be of the right (this is more true for Le Pen than for Wilders, who is economically and socially not far from the mushy middle), but “FAR” right implies, first, that these people are distant from “us” and by implication beyond the pale. It is a term designed to marginalize and minimize the person or group so described. This is what I mean when I use the term “far left”, and expect them to know that I use the term with scorn and derision. Those of us who are conservatives don’t need to quote journalists using “far right” without pointing out that they are using hyperbole and reductionism to colour the reader’s opinions as they pretend to tell a story from a neutral perspective. I would love to see folks like Greenfield get into the habit of calling the bluff … EVERY time.

  • Certified Diversity Trainer

    Keep in mind that the European “far right” is about equivalent to our left-leaning “moderates.”

    Also, consider what it is actually going to take to free Europe from the ever-tightening grip of Islam. Do you think that will be reversed by some candy a**es who don’t want to offend anyone? If so, you’re lost. Waaaay behind the game at this point.

    • Richard Wilson

      What? Thats inane you sadwildebeest.

  • Certified Diversity Trainer

    Daniel, if you haven’t seen Paul Weston’s video for an accurate account of just how far things have gone, then I urge you to take a peek:

    The Woolwich murder and the state of Britain …

  • arie65

    The “far” righteous!

  • scousebounce

    Its great to know she’s “moderate” on an organisation that her ancestors had to sacrifice their lives to stop from conquering her lands.
    Does she not even know about The Battle of Tours?