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French military reserve refuses Marion Maréchal-Le Pen

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, who had asked in July - after the assassination by jihadists of Father Hamel in a church - to be incorporated into the military reserve, has just been denied entry on the grounds that a legal provision precludes the recruitment of a parliamentarian.

Published: February 10, 2017, 6:21 am

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    Maréchal-Le Pen had called all the “young patriots” to do the same, just as president François Hollande had requested after the jihadist attack on Nice.

    The reason for excluding the young blonde Front National deputy of Vaucluse sound officious enough, but unfortunately, it is false. There is no such provision.

    Charlotte d’Ornellas on Boulevard Voltaire reports that the Military Zone site, opex 360 – usually well-informed on such matters – said the exact opposite in July, maintaining that a number of MPs are currently part of the operational reserve.

    The Electoral Code is quite clear on the matter: Article L.46 (2) of the Electoral Code states that “the reservist of the national gendarmerie can exercise this activity [of being a parlementarian] within his constituency”.

    In September last year, Le Dauphiné Libéré reported that the young MP had filed her application with the recruitment center of the army in Avignon, and was called the following Monday to complete the aptitude tests.

    But last Friday, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen received an e-mail from the head of the recruitment and selection group Sud-Est: “Madam, the Army thanks you for your application and commitment to to serve. However, I regret to inform you that a legal provision prevents the recruitment of a parliamentarian into the operational reserve. You will be notified by mail shortly. Under these circumstances, we can not act on your application and the terms of your convocation on Monday, February 6, are therefore obsolete.”

    The army will have to explain its refusal in more detail soon. The decision is particularly shocking, coming on the same day as a French soldier was assaulted by a jihadist in Paris at the Louvre.

    An insider at the French Ministry of Defense, commented on why the decision took so long: “They had to ask the legal department to dig to find a reason get rid of her and therefore needed time!”

    As leftist daily Libération noted at the time: “Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, if she joins the military reserve as she wishes, would not be the first member of Parliament to do so. She would join the ranks of Nicolas Bays, Socialist deputy and commander of the operational reserve in the Army, and Loïc Hervé, senator of Haute-Savoie, member of the reserve of the French Navy.”

    A young French citizen has just been deprived of an opportunity to serve her country because she is a nationalist.

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