Young French politician Marion Maréchal-Le Pen spoke at the leading American conservative conference outside Washington DC on Thursday, as anti-globalism continues to rise across Europe.
Maréchal-Le Pen’s speech was applauded at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with the occasional cheers of “Vive La France” during her remarks.
The granddaughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen and niece of the party’s current leader Marine Le Pen, was elected to represent the Front National in the National Assembly in 2012 at the tender age of 22 but has since stepped away from politics.
She became France’s youngest parliamentarian in modern political history. She is currently involved in the education sector and financing the creation of a private school project.
The crowd of American conservative activists in the audience booed at the mention of the globalist European Union on several occasions and laughed when the French politician joked about the mainstream media. “I hope that you see me as less terrifying than the American media depicts me,” she smiled.
Maréchal-Le Pen attacked Muslim immigration while denouncing “the domination of the liberals and the socialists” who undermine French sovereignty. “France is no longer free today,” she said. “After 1500 years of existence, we now must fight for our independence.”
She explained how mass immigration, Islamist lobbies and political correctness, has resulted in France being in the grip of Islamists. France went “from the eldest daughter of the Catholic Church to the little niece of Islam,” she said. “Terrorism is only the tip of the iceberg.”
She urged the conservative youth worldwide to “protect their children from eugenics, the elderly from euthanasia and humanity from transhumanism”.
“All I want is the survival of my people,” Maréchal-Le Pen said, adding that the traditional Catholic values were the only way to counter increased immigration and Islamic culture.
“The young French generation is brainwashed with guilt and shame of their country. The result is the development of an Islamic culture in France.
“I am not offended when I hear President Donald Trump say, ‘America First.’ In fact, 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.
“We want our country back. I came here to tell you that there is a youth ready for this fight in Europe today — a youth who believes in hard work, who believes that their flag means something, who wants to defend individual freedom and private property…”
The Neocons feigned alarm at her speech as usual, likening the National Front to the American alt-right. Disgraced and unpopular former Fox News host Glenn Beck called her “a national socialist”.
But Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union and organiser of CPAC, dismissed the attempt to smear Maréchal-Le Pen, and said she was an example of “a classical liberal”.
Schlapp told Axios that CPAC’s decision to invite Maréchal-Le Pen was because “we believe that she represents a more enlightened and appropriate approach on the key issues than other members of her family.”