Le Pen Kicks Off Presidential Campaign Echoing Trump: The Highlights From Her Manifesto

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The leader of the anti-immigration French National Front party Marine Le Pen kicked off her presidential campaign on Saturday by echoing many of the same vows that brought Trump to power in the US, hoping promises to shield voters from globalization, promote protectionism, leave the Eurozone, slap taxes on imports and on the job contracts of foreigners, lower the retirement age, increasing welfare benefits and boost defense spending push her above her competitors at a time of sweeping political turmoil in France.

According to opinion polls - which have recently shown their utter irrelevance in the age of Brexit and Trump - the 48-year old daughter of National Front (FN) founder Jean-Marie Le Pen has a solid lead in the first round on April 23 but then losing the May 7 run-off to a mainstream candidate, who after last week's fireworks may no longer be her main challenger Francois Fillon, thanks to a corruption scandal.

And in the most unpredictable election race France has known in decades, the FN hopes a two-day rally in Lyon where Le Pen is spelling out her electoral platform, will help convince voters to back her. "The aim of this programme is first of all to give France its freedom back and give the people a voice," Le Pen said in the introduction to the manifesto.

In 144 "commitments", Le Pen proposes leaving the euro zone, taxes on the job contracts of foreigners, lowering the retirement age and increasing several welfare benefits while lowering payroll tax for small firms and income tax, according to a Reuters brief. The manifesto also foresees reserving certain rights now available to all residents, including free education, to French citizens only, hiring 15,000 police, building more prisons, curbing migration and leaving NATO's integrated command.

In short, Le Pen's manifesto looks suspiciously like a fusion of the campaign promises of Trump and Brexiteers, rolled into one. And just like Trump's economic vision, Le Pen's electoral manifesto is short on macro-economic details and gives no public deficit or debt targets, except for an increase in defense and research spending. It also does not explain how a Le Pen government would balance raising welfare benefits while cutting taxes.

On the topic of Frexit, the FN said it would combine leaving the euro with unorthodox policies including money printing, currency intervention and import taxes, Jean Messiha, who has overseen the drafting of Le Pen's manifesto, told Reuters ahead of the rally.

Emmanuel Macron, a pro-European centrist candidate whom polls say is likely to be Le Pen's opponent in the presidential election run-off, will also hold a rally in Lyon on Saturday to propose a radically different platform.

Meanwhile, Le Pen's FN hopes to buoy the same populist wave that led to Brexit and Trump, to a victory in the presidential elections. "We were told Donald Trump would never win in the United States against the media, against the establishment, but he won... We were told Marine Le Pen would not win the presidential election, but on May 7 she will win," Jean-Lin Lacapelle, a top FN official, told several hundred party officials and members.

If elected, Le Pen says she would immediately seek an overhaul of the European Union that would reduce it to a very loose cooperative of nations with no single currency and no border-free area. If, as is likely, France's EU partners refuse to agree to this, she will call a referendum to leave the EU.

"This presidential election puts two opposite proposals," Le Pen said. "The 'globalist' choice backed by all my opponents ... and the 'patriotic' choice which I personify." The same pitch was used twice in 2016, and on both occasions led to a stunning outcome. Will Le Pen make it three out of three?

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Here are the main proposals from Le Pen's manifesto, courtesy of Reuters:


  • Election to be immediately followed by six months of talks with EU partners with the aim to radically change France's membership and turn the bloc into a loose cooperative of countries: no more euro, border-free area, EU budget rules or pre-eminence of EU law.
  • Referendum on EU membership at the end of the 6 months. Le Pen to recommend leaving if does not manage to radically change the bloc. Most likely scenario is therefore "Frexit."


  • The manifesto gives no details but a top FN official said would go together with: re-denominating the debt stock in the new currency, having the central bank defend that new currency and giving the government the right to order the central bank to buy its bonds.
  • Would be accompanied by some form of loose monetary cooperation which could for instance manage exchange rate fluctuations.


  • Public procurement to be open only to French firms as long as the price difference is not too big.
  • "Intelligent protectionism": Le Pen's adviser Jean Messiha told Reuters the FN wants to force retailers to hold a certain percentage of French goods on their shelves.
  • To rebuild France's industrial base, sellers of imported goods would not be allowed to pass on all of the value-added sales tax to consumers as they do now, Messiha said.
  • Reject international trade treaties


  • 10 percent cut to income tax on three lowest revenue bands
  • Cut payroll tax for very small and medium-sized businesses and lower the corporate tax rate for SMEs.
  • Lower retirement age to 60 from the current 62, increase aids to the poorest of the elderly. Give child benefits to all without conditions of resources. Cut by 5 percent the regulated price of gas and electricity.
  • Allow each parent to give each of their children 100,000 euros tax-free every five years.
  • Keep the working week to 35 hours, make overtime tax-free.


  • Reserving certain rights now available to all residents, including free education, to French citizens only, which would be put to voters via referendum.
  • Employers who hire foreigners to pay a tax worth 10 percent of the salary paid to those people, Le Pen's deputy Florian Philippot said.


  • Hire 15,000 police, build jails to make room for another 40,000 inmates.
  • Automatically expel foreigners who have been condemned in court. Also expel all foreigners that are monitored by intelligence services for links with radical Islam. Close all mosques suspected of links with radical Islam.
  • Leave NATO's integrated command, boost defence spending.


  • Make it impossible for undocumented migrants to legalise their stay in France.
  • Curb asylum to requests made abroad, in French consulates.
  • Make it much harder to become a French citizen -- being born in France would give no right to citizenship anymore.
  • Curb migration to a net 10,000 people per year.
  • Stop giving free basic healthcare to illegal migrants.


  • Allow referendums to be organised on issues called for by 500,000 citizens.
  • Cut the number of lawmakers by nearly half.

For those unfamiliar with the key players in the French election in April/May, the following link has a useful Reuters infographic.

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scv's picture

strong, has guts, i like that

thesonandheir's picture

Hope she breaks the glass ceiling. 



I'm with her.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) thesonandheir Feb 4, 2017 2:49 PM

She's a true patriot. Not many left in France.

But luckily we have our Patriots:

Veteran Sends Pizzas to Frontline Troops for Super Bowl Sunday


GOD BLESS USA !  #Pizzas4Patriots

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) xythras Feb 4, 2017 3:03 PM

The "Frontline" for US troops should be protecting our borders- anything else is Zio-aggresion

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) MalteseFalcon Feb 4, 2017 10:04 PM

Go BIG or go home!

May 7, 2017


shocking headlines

Jupiter/Ascendant Libra lots of photos taken of her


she wins!


TBT or not TBT's picture

She is a nationalist and a socialist.  

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) TBT or not TBT Feb 5, 2017 12:45 AM

So was Hitler.

It isn't marxism, which is what they bought into 150 yrs ago.

Raffie's picture

I like her. Even twittered her that I pray she gets voted in.

The world needs to break away from G Soros and his kind.

floomby's picture

She isn't small government though. Some of the brexiteers and Trump both have some less government attitudes, she has very little as far as I can tell.

Captain Chlamydia's picture

Exactly.  This is the fastest way down for France.

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) scv Feb 4, 2017 2:29 PM

her dad's cool- that's about it

CNONC's picture

Paratrooper and veteran of the Algerian conflict, if I remember right.  Foreign Legion officer, not regular army as well. (if I remember it right.)

BritBob's picture

In 144 "commitments", Le Pen proposes leaving the euro zone...




There is a trade imbalance in favour of the European Union so it is in the interest of the EU to make amicable arrangements with the United Kingdom. What's more, the UK can do its own trade deals on a one-to-one basis instead of having the EU to deal 27 member states before it makes a trade deal.

The UK has opted for a hard Brexit especially when one country (or part of a country in Belgium) can stall negotiations for so long. Spain could act in a similar fashion over Gibraltar and has the cheek to maintain its Gibraltar sovereignty claim. Claim?

Gibraltar - Some Relevant International Law: https://www.academia.edu/10575180/Gibraltar_-_Some_Relevant_Internationa...

So it looks like a quick hasta luego !


BarkingCat's picture

oh look, the boy molester shows up again.

MEFOBILLS's picture

Flingin ad-hominems is the province of a loser.  Can you back up your name calling?  

BarkingCat's picture

What are you, his "life partner"?

You do share slices of pepperoni pizza??

Xena fobe's picture

Just a common sense platform. 

malek's picture

You mean like "lower the retirement age",
when it's already impossible to pay the promised pensioner benefits as it is right now?

Evander's picture

This makes too much sense. It would never work.....

CNONC's picture

That thing about allowing the government to order the central bank to buy government bonds, is that what "makes too much sense"?  If so, I agree, it will never work.  But that doesn't mean they won't try it, no matter how much it costs the citizen.

Le Pen is not Trump, except in the sense that she is a bomb thrown into the system. She won't win.  If you are a Trump supporter, and want to see France have its establishment disrupted as well, you probably want Fillon to win.  Too bad he will likely drop out this week.

flaminratzazz's picture

no one ever runs on the "more gulags" platform..

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Feb 4, 2017 2:23 PM

Great platform! Go Le Pen go!

new game's picture

moar welfare gives me pause. some free shit to entise the fsa. yea baby, i want some...

buzzsaw99's picture

if the bitch has a manifesto she's got my vote.

yogibear's picture

Good! Countries need to exit the globalist Eurocrats.

Merkel can go fuck herself.


crazzziecanuck's picture

As much as I dislike how the MSM regularly try to pain Le Pen in a bad light, some of those items are disturbing.  For example, that the French will no longer guarantee the citizenship of those born in France.  That, for me, is unacceptable because it's a bad idea to leave the question of who or who isn't a citizen up to a bureaucrat is a potential gold mine for abuse.

Not giving basic health care to illegals is also a boneheaded decision that clearly shows a fixaction on Euros rather than common sense.  You will end up with disease clusters spreading out into the general population.  They specifically mention "basic" health care.  But I'm sure the FN aren't using the shortcomings of the electorate here.

Exeplling people simply for being monitored by intelligence services is idiotic considering these intelligence services can't even be trusted to tie their own shoes.  How wrong are these people over and over and over again?  They make a habit of being wrong every time so to have the fate of anyone upon their decisions is an unwise idea.  Besides, with Big Data and the rapacious bureaucratic apetite, pretty soon everyone will be under investigation by their nation's intelligence services (if not already).

A society should either have a parliament or referenda.  By having referenda, it's basically saying that their elected representatives are not doing (or unable to do) their jobs.  I suppose one could pass a law that says that the costs to hold a referenda would be paid for by clawbacks in the salaries of elected representatives.  I might be able to get behind that.

But, if I were a French voter, would any of these concerns cause me to not vote for her?  Not sure because there are a lot of other items in there one would expect the left would propose.  I don't believe Hamon has released things, but for a "far-right" party to advocate lower class tax cuts is very interesting and a sign of just how shitty things are becoming that the Right, which forever buried it's head in the sand on the plight of the working class, "gets it" more than their more left-wing rivals.  The question then is whether or not this is the kind of campaign promise a voter can feel assured will be fulfilled.  I think it would be one of the first campaign pledges to be ditched.

I guess the lesson is that one should never trust a politician or the herds of toadies that buzz around them.


JohnGaltUk's picture

When French citizens are being shot, run over by trucks, having their penis cut off and shoved in their mouths all of the above seems perfectly logical.

Wait until the economy turns down hard and the bond bubble bursts, people always go tribal and it will not be pretty.

MEFOBILLS's picture

 That, for me, is unacceptable because it's a bad idea to leave the question of who or who isn't a citizen up to a bureaucrat is a potential gold mine for abuse.


 Have you not been paying attention?  Islamic Imam's have reiterated over and over, that they plan on overtaking France with "wombs."  It will be both the immigrant wombs, and the French women who have been converted.

A lot of young white women are joining Islam, because they listen to the peaceful Meccan versus, only to be betrayed later with violent post Medina constructs. 

If France doesn't want to commit genocide for the native French "white" people, then the citizenship law is reasonable.  Otherwise, just kicking the can down the road, will lead to some sort of civilizational war.  If they don't want to be French, then they need to go - because they are agents of destruction.

The best statesmen are those who can see far ahead, and avoid trouble for their people.



Idaho potato head's picture

It is either Le Pen, or the Camp of saints is in the cards for France.

Galahad Threepwood's picture

 That, for me, is unacceptable 


There's a fucking war on.  There will be casualties.


Western civilisation is at stake

deplorablerepublic's picture

If LePen wins and EU crumbles this would set off a global depression. However the people are waking up to the fact that the global depression is inevitable at this point and we are now looking at what kind of world we want to have after the depression ends. A world where people have self-rule and create their own national destiny, or a world where we are over run by third worlders and slaves to globalists. Two possibilities only one can win.

flaunt's picture

Better now than what comes later if the globalist NWO gets its way. Total annihilation if that happens. Time to start preparing for a global war against the NWO. 

crazzziecanuck's picture

We already are in a Depression.  Been in one, technically, non-stop since 1973.

We are the new Soviet Union about to collapse and all we have are idiots in charge running around trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

MEFOBILLS's picture

If LePen wins and EU crumbles this would set off a global depression.


Is that so?  All of the bleating about Brexit bringing on economic chaos hasn't come true.

Global depressions are when all the banks are linked into one network.  If a country has its own money, it can stimulate local demand.

Remember, Nazi Germany HAD NO GREAT DEPRESSION.  Nazi germany de-linked from the "International" banksters of that day, which is a major reason why Germany was attacked.

Our Zionist friends declared war on Germany in 1933.  The initial effect was the loss of food importation, with the goal of starving out the Germans.  It didn't work then, and it won't work on France.

GreatUncle's picture

My choice "self-rule and create their own national destiny" and kill every fucking globalist that gets in the way.

The choice is not extreme a globalist will just keep coming back over and over until they get what they want and you are a slave so you just consider only their death stops the attempt. Nothing personal globalists, just NO IS NO!

Dilluminati's picture

"being born in France would give no right to citizenship anymore"

Now that is what we run on in 4 years here

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Bastille Massacre occured 14 days after the local Mosque opened. 

How long they had to battle to open there? 

14 years. 

Good thing the Goat Fuckers aren't vengeful or barbaric!

yogibear's picture

Just just like strapping bombs on and meeting 72 virgins.

flaunt's picture

God bless Le Pen! Make France great again!

hooligan2009's picture

as always, the choice is between a douche and a shit sandwich.

all of the front runners believe that welfare can be provided with fiat currency that never needs to be paid back AND that fiat money is equivalent to taxes raised.

both premises are false as are the promises being made.

France, along with rest of Europe, Japan, the UK, the US et al are bankrupt, both morally and financially.

politicians write cheques that future generations cannot cash. european politicians are the worst sort: lying, cheating and stealing whilst feeding from the trough of other people's hard work is their mantra.

god forbid that anyone of competence that can run a fiscal SURPLUS ever runs for government - that would be way too honest for the current crop of libtard socialists (enabled by libtard central bankers) would tolerate. anyone of talent would be eliminatd by the trough feeders one way or another.

MEFOBILLS's picture

All money is fiat.

People that bleet about fiat sound stupid.  Money's true nature is law. 

The sovereign actually has to issue money that is floating (no debt intrument), and it becomes part of the money supply.  This money then goes on to be used for low cost transactions, and to become savings.

A sovereign that turns all of the money power over to private banks, is committing fraud against its population.  Private bank "fiat" if you want to call it that, is really called private bank credit.  The credit masters have usurped the law, to allow "them" to issue the fiat.

Credit as a money type, always has a debt instrument as its mirror.  Debt instruments proliferate, and always ask back more - which puts people on a treadmill.

The last time money wasn't fiat, was in the Temples when it was metal by weight.  At that time, the metal by weight represented barley grains, hence the "grains" of gold.  This metal by weight was an accounting device that related to Temple ledgers.

Over 2000 years of stamped coin history is FIAT MONEY.

It gets damn annoying to hear FIAT FIAT FIAT FIAT.  Again, you folks that use that word as a pejorative, sound ignorant, if not stupid.

Use the term "banker fiat" or "banker credit"  it is more accurate to reality.



hooligan2009's picture

so what's your point? that either a central bank prints welfare vouchers or private banks do?

do you think that government debt need never be repaid so "it just doesn't matter".

i am sick of pseudo intellectuals that think that fiscal deficits are "de rigeur" and have no consequences. if you are so smart please condescend to offer a solution instead of clinging to a libtarded superiority that is as fales as..... fiat currency.

GreatUncle's picture

Yep, the best you can hope for is to be able to take your own destiny into your own hands and not to some scum sucking globalist.

Joebloinvestor's picture

Hope she wins, but lower taxes is a fantasy unless they start a clawback from all the French politicians robbing the system.