Here are Le Pen's positions on different issues:
The people v the elites
In a key speech, she spoke repeatedly of “the people”: portraying essentially a French nation defenseless in the face of economic liberalism and multiculturalism imposed from abroad – especially the EU.
Law and order v ‘permissiveness’
Included in her presidential manifesto are pledges to ban organizations and deport all foreigners linked to Islamist fundamentalists, close extremist mosques and stop their financing from abroad, ban the public financing of cults, and fight jihadist networks by stripping bi-nationals of their French citizenship and via deportations and preventative detention.
Immigration, multiculturalism and national identity
One of her proposals is to cut legal immigration to 10,000 “entries” a year. Deportations are to become easier; obtaining asylum, residency rights and French nationality, harder.
‘Economic patriotism’, ‘intelligent protectionism’
Le Pen continues to cite the UK as having set the right example with the referendum vote to leave the European Union.
“With Brexit, people made the choice for border control, re-industrialization, economic patriotism, intelligent protectionism. The United States has chosen the same by electing Trump. I’ve been pushing for this new world order for years,” Le Pen said.
The EU in the firing line
Le Pen wants France to leave the EU’s Schengen zone, reintroduce national borders and boost customs controls. The most important pledge comes at the top of the list, as part of a bid to restore monetary, legislative, territorial, and economic sovereignty: after a period of negotiation, to put France’s membership of the EU to a referendum.
And the reaction of the French press asks the question Fresh air – or foul stench
As the 2017 presidential election approaches, the French media have been debating how to treat Le Pen. Some fret that the reluctance of mainstream broadcasters to give her a platform will only alienate voters further. Some on the other hand refuse to report Marine Le Pen’s message without thorough scrutiny and misleading commentary.
“She shares the same obsessions (as her father): those of an organic nation on the point of sinking because it is gnawed away at by an internal evil – immigration – threatened by an external enemy – Europe – and betrayed by its elites,” a paper said in an editorial in November.
For many, Le Pen remains firmly anchored on the far-right: xenophobic, authoritarian, not so much modernized as deodorized – and France still needs to hold its nose.
And we thought only the American Press was anchored in the evil of Marxist/Progressiveness with opinion reported as hard news.