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Len Pen Strong on French Tradition, Nationalism

Len Pen Strong on French Tradition, Nationalism
Pictured left to right are: Pierre Ceyrac, a close Le Pen adviser, former Congressman, Michael Flanagan, R-Ill., and Ret. Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely. (Flanagan)

Michael Flanagan By Monday, 24 April 2017 10:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

On Sunday,  Aril 24, Marine Le Pen scored a stunning victory as being one of two candidates chosen to run-off in two weeks for the presidency for France. Marine Le Pen took almost 22 percent of the vote in the preliminary election on Sunday. Emmanuel Macron finished first with around 24 percent.

Francois Fillon, the center-right party leader, conceded and urged his followers to vote Macron. We’ll see how many of the French Republicans follow their "#NeverTrump" leader and vote for the left against Le Pen.

Polling before the election showed Macron defeating Le Pen in the run-off two weeks from now. However, recent terrorist attacks and a continuing but slow revelation of Macron’s actual left leanings by a largely uncritical press will affect these polls in Le Pen’s favor. It's going to be a wild two weeks.

Le Pen is running on a strong platform of nationalism, populism and anti-globalism. She is challenging France’s continuation in the European Union and the open borders policy of the EU. She is a strong nationalist and unabashedly French in its grandest traditions.

French domestic unemployment exceeds 10 percent and is higher among the young. Like President Trump, Le Pen wants to address this problem with better trade deals, and an ex-EU approach to domestic taxation and restrictive immigration.

Terrorism is rampant in France, and the EU policies of unfettered immigration from ISIS-dominated Syria are partially the problem. Terrorists coming from elsewhere in the Mideast and Africa who regard France and its historic broad civil liberties as a soft, European target are the other part of France’s terrorism problem.

Le Pen wants to change this, once and for all, by restricting immigration and preserving the unique and valuable French culture and civilization. Should Le Pen win (and I sincerely hope that she will) it will be because of her domestic agenda.

Paradoxically, such a victory will leave Le Pen in a very unique position in world history to have an important effect on world affairs.

Le Pen enjoys a very good relationship with the Russians and a kinship with the Trump administration. No other French leader would be so unusually and advantageously situated as Le Pen would be should she win. She has the potential to be a midwife for the birth of a healthy and successful Russo/American relationship — dare I even say eventual alliance.

Also, the French have been intimately involved in Syria for centuries. That involvement could lead to the French under Le Pen’s leadership to broker a tripartite solution in Syria — a solution administered by the French, the Russians and the Americans.

Macron does not enjoy the interpersonal abilities that Le Pen does. Marine Le Pen’s personal and long-standing relationship with President Putin and potential relationship with President Trump leave her in a unique position to be able to influence world affairs in a way that the French haven’t for over a century.

The Syrian conflict is unusually complex and involves both world players like the French, the Americans and the Russians and local players like the Iranians, the Turks, the Kurds, and the Israelis. Many international ambitions are being played out personally and nationally.

Religiously, the Iranians are working to have their surrogate, Hezbollah, achieve their world-wide ambition of exporting Islam to the West and to dominate Islamic countries in the Mideast. Turkey also wants a religious leadership in Islamic countries and sees Syria as a way to exert its religious influence.

Politically, the Iranians, the Turks, and the Kurds all have competing and interrelated territorial ambitions in Syria. Russia needs a continuation of its naval and air base concessions in Western Syria and the U.S. wants to see the end of ISIS.

The al-Assad regime has been relegated to a virtual "minor player" status in the Syrian "Game of Thrones" – still on the board because the other players tolerate its existence, not having yet completely planned for its departure.

Clearly, two or more great powers must eventually step-in and provide enough stability for Syria to address its many problems. Those powers should be the United States, Russia and France. President Marine Le Pen would be perhaps the only person in the world capable of fostering this union and this possible future.

The May 7 run-off will be the most closely watched election in modern France and the first French election with world-wide implications in generations.

Former President Obama called to encourage Macron last week and I know that President Trump is behind Le Pen though he will not publicly endorse any foreign national seeking high public office. The European Union is on pins and needles about the result and the greater world is invested in the outcome.

I am sure that great men and women leading the world’s economies and political structures will be voicing their opinions during the next two weeks. Personally, I believe that President Le Pen will put France’s house in order and be able to lead international affairs like no other.

Le Pen, Le Magnifique!

Michael Patrick Flanagan represented the 5th District of Illinois in the historic 104th Congress. Prior to his Congressional Service, Michael was commissioned in the United States Army Field Artillery. Michael and his firm, Flanagan Consulting LLC, have represented both large and small corporations, organizations, and associations. In 2009, Michael entered public service again with the United States Department of State in Iraq as the Senior Rule of Law Advisor on the Maysan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Maysan, Iraq. For more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Marine Le Pen is running on a strong platform of nationalism, populism and anti-globalism. She is challenging France’s continuation in the European Union and the open borders policy of the EU. She is a strong nationalist and unabashedly French in its grandest traditions.
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Monday, 24 April 2017 10:30 AM
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