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Flanagan on Marine Le Pen: 'She's on the Rise'

Newsmax TV's "J.D. Hayworth on Newsmax TV"

By    |   Monday, 08 May 2017 04:05 PM

Marine Le Pen might be down, but the right-wing politician and the National Front party are not out, despite their loss to centrist Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential race, former Rep. Michael Patrick Flanagan, R-Ill., told Newsmax TV.

"I don't think Le Pen's damage is that great," Flanagan — head of Flanagan Consulting LLC, an influential Washington lobbying and public policy firm — told "J.D. Hayworth on Newsmax TV" following Macron's nearly 2-1 victory.

"The National Front did way better than it's ever done before. This is a big increase for her. Secondly, she has transformed the National Front from a racial purity streak to actually a nationalist streak, which is not the same thing, as we know.

"She is continuing to reform the image of that party and as she does, that party will gain in France. A month from now in the parliamentary elections, there are some changes in the parliamentary rules that will allow her to increase the exposure of the right . . . So, I think she's on the rise."

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Asked by Hayworth if Macron has the potential to be "the French Obama," Flanagan replied: "I think it's actually worse than that."

"In Chicago, any new alderman that gets elected is first invited to the fifth floor at city hall to take coffee and pray at the altar of the mayor and make sure that he stays in the right good graces there, and that's what you saw," Flanagan said of the former president who cut his teeth in Chicago politics.

"I think what you see with Macron is a bowing to Germany like France hasn't done, perhaps ever. Germany is now the senior partner in this partnership for Europe and I think that France has taken an absolutely backseat.

"Macron owes his title to the European Union (EU) who came in and backed him to the hilt monetarily and in every imaginable way and got him the crushing victory that he needed to be able to say with ascent the nationalist movement is dead. It is not dead, not even close."

In fact, Flanagan said, the National Party is "alive and well and it's growing" and is "feared" by the EU.

He also predicted France's young voters will eventually back the National Front.

"Another five years of having unmitigated immigration into France without any regard to the cultural pillars of France that make it unique and something worth preserving in the world, I think will have these younger voters a little more motivated to speak out and work harder to preserve their culture through a more nationalist view," he told Hayworth.

"That's coming. Also, five years hence, Brexit will have been accomplished and people will see it's not the living end everyone thinks it's going to be and that is actually worked out rather well.

"France will be able to look forward to a successful Frexit after a successful Brexit over the next five years. This is the last gasp of the statists, of the deep-state folks, of the EU folks, Macron's election here. Enjoy it, the end is coming."

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Marine Le Pen might be down, but the right-wing politician and the National Front party are not out, despite their loss to centrist Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential race, former Rep. Michael Patrick Flanagan, R-Ill., told Newsmax TV.
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