Europe: Marine Le Pen’s radical program will lead to ‘Frexit’

Posted on Apr 12, 2022 at 2:00 PMUpdated on Apr 12, 2022 at 5:59 PM

In the official program of Marine Le Pen, in the fifteen large brochures that present in more detail the project of the far-right candidate, the European Union does not appear. There is a chapter on heritage, another on family, and another on animal protection, but nothing to do with what has been the broader aspect of France’s foreign policy for more than fifty years.

The European Union is neither a target nor a need for Marine Le Pen. Rather a ball, a weakness that needs to be eliminated. Since 2017, she has given up leaving the Euro and is now progressing unobtrusively, with more subtle but drastic poses. Moreover, if elected, she would begin by removing the European flag from the top of all official buildings in the country. The code couldn’t be more clear.

Europe on the map

If the European strategy is not treated as such in Marine Le Pen’s programme, the question of membership in the European Union arises at every turn of its project.

To tackle the supposed “immigrant inundation” orchestrated by Europe, Marine Le Pen, who fears that her desire to end immigration will be challenged by the man of the European Court of Human Rights or the European Court of Justice, wants to organize a referendum immediately after his election to amend the constitution.

“I am in favor of the superiority of constitutional law over European law,” she explains. This fundamental development of our law will find application not only in the field of immigration but also in all matters, allowing France to reconcile its European commitment with the preservation of its sovereignty and the defense of its interests. »

It is clear that Marine Le Pen would like to take advantage of a selective Europe, where she can choose the European decisions she likes and reject those that upset her, such as free trade agreements, social policy, expansion, PAC, Frontex, defense, etc.

The problem is that this referendum in itself – insofar as it collects a majority of the French vote – is against treaties. “The fact that this national priority is included in the constitution is unconstitutional from a European point of view,” explains Christine Verger, vice president of the Jacques Delors Institute.

Poorly assembled puzzle

Jean-Louis Borlange, deputy centrist and chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, adds, “It is absurd, if you assert the superiority of national law over European law, you will have no European law! Marine Le Pen has given up a formal exit from Europe, but her program simply does not correspond to Keep France in the Union.”

His promise to assign priority to employment, social assistance, and social housing only to the French people would not call into question the “fundamental principles of equality and fraternity” in the republican charter, as is the case with constitutionalist Dominique Rousseau. It also contravenes European treaties regulating the free movement of people and access to jobs in all EU member states.

Restoring national borders that have disappeared – except for the recent derogations of terrorism and Covid – since the Schengen agreements have been systematically praised in opinion polls, would also run counter to European rules.

Other proposals are less coherent, such as the desire to finance its social expenditures by reducing France’s contribution to the Union budget. “It is impossible, the multi-year budget for 2021-2027 has already been voted on,” Kristen Verger recalls. So Marine Le Pen has no leverage to modify it deeply. If France insists, as Yves Bertonesini, president of the Franco-European movement, points out, “the Commission will cut off the CAP funds of which it is the main beneficiary,” he assures us.

In the end, these poorly assembled puzzle pieces show the abandonment of all the principles on which France has built its economic, political, and legal environment since the end of the war and the Treaty of Rome.

permanently isolated

Contrary to what it asserts, it does not have allies in Europe to form a fictitious Europe of nations that would be governed by a veto. His rapprochement, never achieved through the creation of a parliamentary group, with Matteo Salvini, the League’s president in Italy, the Hungarian leaders, Viktor Orbán, and the Polish, Mateusz Morawiecki, was definitively shattered by Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. More isolated than ever.

In the current geopolitical context, his arrival at the Elysee Palace would be a break with even more serious consequences. Her political closeness to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose model she praised not so long ago, and her reaffirmed desire to negotiate with him on Europe’s security architecture, would plunge the 27 into an abyss of chaos as they try to maintain their control. Cohesion against the Russian aggressor at any cost.

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