The niece of failed far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told a gathering of American conservatives Thursday that France was in danger of becoming ‘the little niece of Islam’ because of immigration.
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, making her debut at the Conservative Political Action Conference, hit on many of the same themes found in one of President Trump’s stump speeches – saying she was fully supportive of ‘America First’ – while suggesting the French were worse off thanks to the European Union.
‘No France is not free today,’ she said. ‘The French are not free to choose their policies, on economic, immigration, and even diplomacy. Our freedom is in the hands of the European Union.’
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the niece of far-right failed French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, made her first political speech of 2018 at the Conservative Political Action Conference
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen criticized the European Union saying that the body opened France up to becoming the ‘little niece of Islam’ instead of the ‘eldest daughter of the Catholic Church’ the country once was
During her remarks, French politician Marion Maréchal-Le Pen expressed support for President Trump and the Republican’s ‘America First’ agenda
‘Bonjour CPAC!’ said Marion Marechal-Le Pen as she greeted attendees Thursday of the Conservative Political Action Conference being held just outside of Washington, D.C.
Le Pen suggested that the EU’s attack on French culture had opened the door to ‘the development of Islamic society in France.’
‘After 40 years of mass migration, Islamic lobbies and political correctness, France is in the process of passing from the eldest daughter of the Catholic Church, to becoming the little niece of Islam,’ she said.
‘Terrorism is only the tip of the iceberg – this is not the France that our grandparents fought for,’ she added.
She also suggested that the youngest generation of Frenchmen and Frenchwomen have been ‘brainwashed with guilt and shame for their country.’
‘All I want is the survival of my nation,’ she protested.
France’s National Front has long been criticized for being Islamophobic and xenophobic, from its 1972 founding with leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, to the more modern-day iteration, chaperoned by Le Pen family members Marine, Jean-Marie’s daughter, and Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, Marine Le Pen’s niece.
Last year the party received a political beating with Marine Le Pen losing the French presidential election by 32 points to now-President Emmanuel Macron.
Maréchal-Le Pen’s CPAC stop was her first political address since last year.
‘Bonjour CPAC!’ she exclaimed to the crowd.
‘I hope that Americans really like French accents, OK, and I hope that you see me as less terrifying than the American media depicts me,’ she said.
Maréchal-Le Pen then spoke of the long-standing ties between the U.S. and France, noting how the French were the first to recognize American independence during the patriots fight against the British.
The French politician also said she supported President Trump’s agenda today.
‘I am not offended when I hear President Donald Trump say “America First.” I want America First for the American people, I want Britain First for the British people, and I want France first for the French people,’ she said.