Ahead of Sunday’s first round of voting, National Front leader Marine Le Pen said she wanted to stop “a mad, uncontrolled situation,” which has been immigration in her country.
Le Pen’s opponents are Emmanuel Macron, with whom she is running neck and neck, Francois Fillon and Jean-Luc Melenchon, as well as seven other candidates. Both Macron and Le Pen appear to be the ones to move on to round 2 on May 7.
“I want to launch a message of national insurrection, an insurrection of the undefeated, to give France back to her people,” said Le Pen at a rally in Paris.
“On est chez nous!” (This is our home!) the 6,000-strong crowd chanted repeatedly.
“I would decide on a moratorium on all legal immigration to stop this frenzy, this uncontrolled situation that is dragging us down,” she added.
She then added that France would introduce “much more drastic, more reasonable, more humane, more manageable rules” on immigration.
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) April 20, 2017
“I am the only candidate who can overthrow the oligarchy that makes sure nothing changes,” Le Pen continued, denouncing all other candidates as “immigrationists.”
“Just watch the interlopers from all over the world come and install themselves in our home,” she said. “They want to transform France into a giant squat.”
“But it’s up to the owner to decide who can come in,” Ms. Le Pen continued. “So, our first act will be to restore France’s frontiers.”
“Savage globalisation has organised the world like a big supermarket… The only thing that matters are the profits of the caste. France isn’t for sale. The French aren’t for sale,” Le Pen said.
“The people who want to take down our borders would not leave their doors and windows open. The only freedom left to us is to witness waves of immigrants settling in our country. They are transforming France into an enormous squat. The first thing I will do is reinstall the doors and windows of our house and give you back the keys.”
“Submersion by migration wipes out everything in its passage,” Le Pen continued. “How long can we live like French people in France, when whole neighbourhoods are being transformed, when women are being forced to wear the veil?”
Le Pen said she would limit legal immigration to 10,000 per year prior to the speech. Currently, France takes in about 200,000. Now, she wants to put the brakes on all immigration if she is elected.
The election was, quite simply, “a choice of civilisation,” Le Pen said. “I will be the president who protects you… We are patriots defending our country… A multicultural society is a multi-conflictual society.”
“We have to attack the root of evil, the lawless zones that are shyly referred to as ‘the problem of the banlieues’.. All France is become a huge lawless zone,” said Le Pen, pointing out the specific no go zones of Islamists.
Indeed, now the question is will her hardline stance be enough to push her over the top. France is now nearly 10% Muslim. Do you really think they are going to support Le Pen? Probably not, and many are going to be too stupid to realize that they are being led by the opposition of political opportunists. We’ll see how Le Pen does over the next couple of weeks.