Is Marine Le Pen The French Donald Trump?

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Louis Rouanet via The Mises Institute,

It seems fashionable nowadays to compare Donald Trump to Marine Le Pen or the Trump movement to the French National Front. The idea behind this comparison is to suggest that the French far right might very well win the coming presidential elections in May 2017 and create a French “Trump surprise.” But, as when it came to comparisons between Brexit and Trump, comparisons between Trump and Le Pen tend to be hyped.

There are some evident similarities between Le Pen and Trump, but there are also crucial differences.

It is true that both tend to reject mass immigration and globalism, that their discourse is deeply anti-elitist, and that the establishment, at least during election time, frenetically smears them. Their current successes flow from global skepticism of politics and the establishment media and the intelligentsia. Furthermore, France, maybe more than any other western country, experiences a deep identity crisis which was recently revived by the migrant crisis. This has been fertile ground for the National Front’s wins.

Marine Le Pen has, however, some fundamental differences with Trump. First, she is not a billionaire. Although this could seem irrelevant, one reason Trump appealed to so many electors is that he was not beholden to special interests, did not need to be president, and proved himself to be an efficient businessman, making projects happen ahead of schedule and under budget. For Trump’s supporters, their candidate was running in this election out of genuine love for his country, not out of material interest. Marine Le Pen, on the other hand, is a career politician. As with every career politician, her job is to be elected and reelected. Whereas Trump was a part of the private sector, Marine Le Pen made politics her career and is therefore not viewed as an outsider as much as Trump is.

On this note, Trump’s profile might be closer to another presidential candidate: Emmanuel Macron. Macron was a French government senior official and an investment banker at Rothschild before he engaged in politics. In 2014, he became minister of the economy in the socialist government until he resigned in 2016. Unlike Trump, Macron is no billionaire, but he nonetheless appears as a non-career politician who does not need to be elected (i.e., whose motives are supposedly selfless). Thus, Trump’s ability to identify topics of interest to the electorate is sometimes closer to Macron’s skills than to Le Pen’s.

After three decades of rising inequality in the US, Trump indeed identified that the game is rigged. His election was the revenge of the outsiders. Similarly, Macron’s ability to identify implications is based on the division between insiders and outsiders. Obviously, Trump’s and Macron’s policy conclusions differ. Macron is sensibly more pro-market, or, at least, pro free trade.

Marine Le Pen’s platform, on the other hand, is much closer to what could be called national-collectivism. Social justice and the condemnation of “ultra-liberalism” are strong themes in all her campaigns and her economic inspirations are much closer to the far-left than anything else. For instance, in their program, the National Front plans to make the tax structure more progressive. Whereas there are some pro-business or pro-market hints in Trump’s suggested priorities, there are none in Marine Le Pen’s.

When it comes to personality and style, it is probably the National Front's founder Jean Marie Le Pen — Marine's father — who is most like Donald Trump. The elder Le Pen started his political career in the Poujadist movement. In the 1950s, Pierre Poujade led a resistance by convincing the merchants from a little southern French town, St. Céré, to refuse tax payment. Poujade’s grassroots movement quickly grew and won 41 seats at the national assembly in 1956. Rothbard writes brilliantly on Poujadisme as follows:

Poujadisme is, indeed, a “people’s movement,” in the fullest sense of that overworked term. Paris was astonished to see the Poujadist delegates come to town: a parade of butchers, bakers, grocers, students, booksellers — the first real grassroots delegation in decades.

But, whereas Jean Marie Le Pen started politics in a grassroots anti-tax movement, the National Front is by now a 44-year-old party well established on the political scene. The Trump movement is little more than one year old. Marine Le Pen is now a constant in the French political landscape, not the novelty Trump is.

Other fundamental differences between these two blond headed political animals are apparent. Trump, on the one hand, never really tried to appeal to mainstream media and intellectuals. Marine Le Pen, on the other hand, after her father left political life in 2011, tried, until now quite successfully, to “de-demonize” the National Front. She opened the party to intellectuals, technocrats, and to the more moderate young generation.

Jean Marie Le Pen, who still is the honorary president of the National Front, immediately pinpointed the critical differences between Trump’s strategy and Marine’s. On twitter, while he praised the “tremendous kick in the ass to the mondialists and French political and mediatic systems” implied by Trump’s election. He also wrote:

Long live Trump! The de-demonization is crap and a dead-end. The peoples need truth and courage. Congratulation America!

This tweet appears to be aimed directly at his daughter’s strategy.

For all these reasons, we need to be careful when comparing Le Pen and Trump. In many respects, Trump is strictly an American phenomenon and it is doubtful that the French could ever elect a billionaire. But if Le Pen is more socialist, it is only because the French electorate tends to be more anti-market and pro-State. As within America’s Beltway, political power in France lies mostly inside Paris and draws an unchallenged line between Parisians and the subservient folks in the “province.” But, unlike populism in the US, the National Front constantly asks for more centralization in an already over-centralized country.

The differences between Trumpism and the French far right are not in themselves handicaps for the French but rather adaptations to different environments. The only thing that could be a prejudice for the National Front is that it might already be too mainstream. Nonetheless, although it is not to be wished from a libertarian viewpoint, a Le Pen surprise is possible in the 2017 presidential elections. Probably, Le Pen will make her way to the second round of the presidential election but will not win. This would already be in itself a shock for the two party system. If Marine were to be elected, she would have to change the electoral rules if she wants to have a majority in parliament.

The future is uncertain. Marine Le Pen has a long way to go before she can become the French Donald Trump.

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BaBaBouy's picture

She's Definitely Not Hillery ...

Belrev's picture

French are too cowardly to elect Marie Le Pen.

They convinced themselves that France is better off multicultural and are ready to die for it.

wildbad's picture

this article draws distinctions withour differences. she is villified by al authoritarians whose bread has been buttered by a corrupt french insider system forever. while the old man may prais trup that does not make them equivalent. one cannot choose one's endoresers.

trump was and is villified by the leftist idiots as was Mr- LePen when he was active in politics. The difference is that LePen IS a serious racist. No bones about it. His daughter is more nuanced and draws a distinction between race and culture. she has a strong stance on the incompatibility of islam and democracy. she is right.

oh yeah, she will win too

researchfix's picture

Yes she can.

And that´s me saying that. A German social democrat.

In Germany we have a Social Democratic Party, which is neither social nor democratic. And going under 20 % soon. Now say, that voters are dumb.

thebigunit's picture

When is the election in Germany?

Who is the "Trumpist" candidate?

Has he fantasized about grabbing anyone by the pussy?

Has he fantasized about grabbing Angela Merkel by the pussy?

What are the chances the Trumpist will win?

If the Trumpist wins, what does that mean for immigration into Germany?

Jim Sampson's picture

Le Pen will grab those guys by the dicks!

researchfix's picture

It´s so easy. Remember what Socialist Hollandes first idea was to make La France great again: Bomb Libya. That´s a Socialist? That´s a US vasall.

twa_14's picture

The French are not too cowardly, its just too late. There are already enough Muslims\Africans to keep her out.

fajensen's picture

She could break that glass ceiling. What fun that would be!

Tallest Skil's picture

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen is more radical, so I like her better. Let's hope France leaves the EU again (yes, France leaving the predecessor counts).

DogeCoin's picture

I'm with her. Le Pen 2017! Make France French Again!

TBT or not TBT's picture

Make France Nationalist Again!    I mean, to the extent it had stopped.   **I lived worked and studied in France for 10 years and graduated from the same grande ecole as Hollande, so riposte with caution bitchez.   A regular frenchman will fart in your general direction but a true badass can hit you with precision.  

olebugger's picture

The Frexit will be brutal for Europe. EUR will goto 0.70 to the Dollar, sending emerging markets into a complete tailspin.

Magnum's picture

Brexit and Donald Trump serve to guide the French that they CAN succeed against the globalists and elect someone who represents their interests. Let's see Le Pen win followed by others who support similar policy. 

buzzsaw99's picture

If she wins I may buy a bottle of Grey Goose to celebrate.

realWhiteNight123129's picture

Have a nice bottle of Champagne instead, and get a girl to enjoy with you. Women love teh bubbly drink... 


Belrev's picture

This time around Adolf will not be there to save Europe.

He blew his only chance a while back.

White race is doomed.

researchfix's picture

The Russians saved Europe. And they are still around and capable.

steaua's picture

Ha ha what a bad joke.

Germany and urss have been agressors in ww2. Russians have ended up on the winning side and half Europe descended into the dark ages.

Saved from who? and offered what?

medium giraffe's picture

It's easier to believe she's anti-establishment vs. Trump.  And she's more socialist because, let's face it, she's French.

Riquin's picture

France needs Le Pen ASAP. Paris is a mess we are not going there until they change immigrant policies.








tuetenueggel's picture

History repeats itself:

After German occupation in WW2 Marechall Petain tried to save France from being totally destroyed by appeasement. The resitance rose and things chnaged.

Such a movemnet today is missing. The French have given up themselves. Same with Germany. We have lost this war and we daily say: this doesn´t bother me.

Goatfuckers all over. 

THE DORK OF CORK's picture

Trump as the independent billionaire is Bollox.

He is a property mogul.

Up to his man  tits in debt.

These guys depend on cashflow,  they are not rich in the true  ownership sense. 

The Bank owns their arse. 

BlussMann's picture

No, the stupid Bitch has cucked out to the Moslems, kicked her  father out of the party, super cucked to Jews and has declared Islam to belong to France.  Put her in a Burka.  She's the equivalent to the Republican Party before trump. Weak, tepid and full of crap.

Bemused Observer's picture

The comparison is a waste of time, and misleading. The two are alike only in that they are both a sort of middle finger extended to the current leadership of their countries.

THAT'S the more important 'message' being sent here, and the current leaders would do well to remember that it is THEIR OWN FAILURES that led to the rise of a Trump, a Le Pen, a Brexit vote. Those things didn't come to be on their own power, those ideas didn't "lure" people away because they were so diabolically clever and evil.

It was hubris and stupidity that DROVE people away from the globalists. They'd have sought refuge from anyone who extended a hand.

So, go ahead, keep focusing on specifics of this and that, making excuses, laying blame...The next steps I suppose will be legal in nature, and designed to shut discussion down, hate speech laws, etc.

As a student of history, I say go for it. While you're at it, ask Le Pen what color curtains she'd like in her new office.

medium giraffe's picture

"hubris and stupidity that DROVE people away"

Very well said.  It's just too much of a stretch to believe that the masses suddenly looked up from their facebookz had a collective lightbulb moment regarding globalism.

Cruel Joke's picture

Of course she is, she loves France!

THE DORK OF CORK's picture

All fascists appeal to the masses so as to preserve capitalist concentration.. 

They talk a good game but will never give ownership of the country to the people.

He is managing the political space rather then distributing it.


Its the corporate trump card if you will


BlussMann's picture

Dork sounds like a British Anfita - can't wait till his type are in the camps away from civilization.

rondellio's picture

All socialists appeal to the masses so as to accumulate political power.  Accumulate! accumulate! (h/tip K Marx) 

Razalghoul's picture

Of course not, unlike Trump, Le Pen is real.

majik's picture

Late night Bordeaux fuelled tête-a-tête avec:

Marine - Oui!

Donald -Non!

Mountainview's picture

Marine is more like Texas going independant.

YesWeKahn's picture

Jean marie le pen was as bad as Trump when doing debates. Bernard tapie has trumped over JM le pen. But unfortunately Tapie has his own issues.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

is it fair to suggest that the organized Jewish 'elite' in France have treated Le Pen like the US news and entertainment media treated Trump?

like how Brexit was treated and how it is being undermined via lawfare?

both le pen and trump have had to make compromises (it seems) and generally 'deal with' very disproportionate Jewish ergo Zionist power.

as Putin had to deal with.

noticing a pattern?

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

piece by Jewish website which accuses The Occidental Observer of being 'antisemitic' and proving that 'racist' ain't the same thing as wrong.

read closely and carefully, and let the feelings of amazement and clarity wash over you.

i promise it is worth the read (re Brexit and opposition to it)

Fireman's picture

Is it good for the joos


Count Richard Von Coudenhove-Kalergi’s Plan outlined by Gerd Honsik

“Kalergi proclaims the abolition of the right of self-determination, ... the elimination of nations by means of ethnic separatist movements or mass allogeneic (genetically dissimilar) immigration tocreate a multiethnic flock without quality, easily controllable by the ruling class. Kalergi characterized the multiethnic flock as cruel and unfaithful but maintained the elite must deliberately create them in order to achieve their own superiority: ‘Then the elite will first eliminate democracy – the rule of the people. Next, the elite will eliminate the people via miscegenation, thereby replacing the ruling white race with an easily controllable mestizo race. By abolishing the principle of equality of all before the law, avoiding and punishing any criticism of minorities, and protecting minorities with special laws, the masses will be suppressed."

AntiLeMaire's picture

And perhaps Fillon is the French version of Trump... He just won the primaries of the French Republicains (after being at 10% in the polls for months).


"He has warned against the threat of “Islamic totalitarianism,” wants a special antiterrorism judicial unit and says he will strip French nationals embarking on jihad of their citizenship."

Sarkozy had harder words for the followers of the 'Religion' of 'Peace', but few people seem to have believed the former President...


  • He’s an economic liberal who loves Margaret Thatcher
  • He’s a social conservative who voted against same-sex marriage
  • He wants a closer relationship with Russia

So he may do just as well.




Billy O'Naire's picture

And perhaps Fillon is the French version of Trump...


Unlikely. He's called for a permanent eurozone finance minister AND full tax harmonisation between member states.


More likely a RINO.

PoasterToaster's picture

hon hon hon baguette.

But seriously.  She is cool.

quax's picture

She is not France's Trump. She is not a billionaire. She will not compromise the government's affairs with private business interests.

Jeepers Creepers's picture

I really do think the French are willing to sacrifice their daughters to these animals so they can virtue signal that they are not closed minded.


I hope I'm wrong, but then again, I never really liked the French anyway.  It won't keep up at night if they suffer for their stupidity.  They really are a nasty group of people.

wesson's picture

No, and French are not American

God is The Son's picture

French Revolution liberated the Jews from their Shakels, after they were freeded they started building Marxism. A Movement to shackle everyone else. France is Marxist, Jewish NWO Nation with lots of them indoctrinated. It's not Intellectual Capital, It's a Marxist Intellectual Capital.

mary mary's picture

Q: Is Marine le Pen the French Donald Trump?
A: Yes, she is.