Marion Marechal Le Pen And France’s War On Immigrants

Nov 01, 2013 at 1:00 PM ET

There’s a dynasty of ultra conservatives in France. Their family name is Le Pen, and they are on the rise. Just this week, their leader Marine channeled the plot of the TV show Homeland, saying that some Frenchmen held captive in Niger had potentially been “Islamized” and could be spies. Her rationale? The men had grown beards. Marine’s niece, and increasingly her rival for leadership of the right wing National Front, is Marion Marechal Le Pen. Marion is the youngest member of parliament in French history and granddaughter of the family Patriarch, Jean Marie Le Pen. Vocativ met her recently and found France’s new rising star to be articulate, attractive, and totally convinced that white people in her country are getting a bad deal.

Oh, and by the way, in recent polls, the National Front has surged ahead of the ruling Socialists—a rise fueled, in no small part, by a fierce campaign against Muslim immigration. And then there is this: a 40 percent spike in hate crime towards Muslims in France last year. Take a look and tell us what you think. We’ll be back in France soon to see if we can keep up with La Famille Le Pen.