Rejoice, all of Lebanon’s right-wing! The head of the French “Front National” Marine Le Pen is coming over for a visit on February 19th and 20th, with scheduled meetings with President Aoun as well as Prime Minister Hariri, as reported by L’Orient Le Jour.
The purpose of the visit is to “show solidarity with Christians of the Middle East.” Because it’s common sense to do so in the best country for Christians in the Middle East, where the president is a “Michel,” not where, you know, Christians are actually dying because of war, but I digress.
Marine Le Pen’s visit comes around two weeks after Emmanuel Macron (bless him! <3) also visited the country. Both come in the same context of being more exposed to Middle Eastern politics in formulating more credible policies (that please their supporters, of course) before the French presidential elections become heated in the coming months with debates and first round votes.
It’s worth noting that Lebanon has one of the biggest French diasporas outside of Europe and French-Lebanese tend to vote for more right-wing parties (obviously) with Sarkozy getting around 68% of the vote here in 2012.
Marine Le Pen, on the other hand, is not Sarkozy. While many on L’Orient-Le Jour’s Facebook page are orgasmic with the upcoming visit and are pledging their support for her, exhibits being:
Marine Le Pen is a Islamophobic, French-supremacist demagogue, a friend of Donald Trump, Breitbart favorite for the elections, front-runner for the first round of the vote with a horrifying lead among Millennials. She wants to reduce immigration to the strict minimum (yes, French-Lebanese that affects your people too). She wants to increase police numbers and give them more power in France. Like other far-right politicians, her emblems are summarized with the notion of country first.
As part of her “French First” policies, Marine Le Pen wants to force dual French citizenship holders of non-European countries to choose between their two nationalities and relinquish the other, in case she is voted for president. Her comments, which were more specific to French Jews and later extrapolated to other groups (link), are worrying and horrifying.
So yes, dear French-Lebanese who are excited about her visit or who want to vote for her, you go ahead and do that. If she wins (she will not, but who knows how crazy 2017 wants to be), you will be forced to either stop not being French or Lebanese.
I sincerely hope you choose to forsake the latter citizenship because we truly need way less narrow-minded bigots here who are only concerned with what affects them personally, with complete and utter disregard to everyone else in the process. If you want to shoot yourself in the foot, make sure it’s your own foot and not everyone else’s with you as many Arab-Americans are now realizing, in hindsight, about their decision to vote for Trump.
And dear Marine Le Pen, I hope you enjoy your visit very much! Maybe it’ll show you that those-who-shall-not-be-named (Muslims) can coexist with the rightful heirs of the world (Christians) if, you know, you let them.
Dear Dr. Fares, as you can see from some posts (…bienvenue a votre sconde pay…etc), The problem is so deep with inferiority complex.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”, sadly so many have consented.
shame on her
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I heard she’s building a wall, a great, great wall, along the entire borders. And she’s gonna have the Germans, the Swiss, the Italians, the Belgians, and the Spanish pay for it. In addition, she’s been in secret talk with the philandering Putin. The Russian president earlier has confessed that, though too old for him, Marine is quite attractive, . . . definitely much prettier than Angela. He also has extremely lewd pictures of her with unidentified multiple partners. Those compromising pictures he will not release to Wikileaks if France agrees to vote to remove European sanctions on Russia.
Hello Elie, good article! But I’m not sure if you were being sarcastic nor not when you said “Emmanuel Macron (bless him! <3)"…
No, I like him. 😛
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Libanais qui soutenez le F Haine, il vous faudra choisir: soit la nationalité libanaise, soit la française. MLP n’a pas la générosité du pluriculturel: avec elle c’est noir ou blanc, “nous” vs “vous”, la France vs l’Europe, le franc vs l’euro… etc.
Hi Souha. So much for the idea of being a “world citizen,” huh! Here’s a good book that deals with the very point you’ve raised. “Us v Them: the birth of Populism,” by John Judis. Enjoy.
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