Saturday, November 12, 2005

French Media Censors Riots; National Front Support Grows

Telegraph | News | Le Pen benefits from unrest with 'wave of far-Right recruits'

'A television news executive admitted last week to censoring coverage of the riots for fear of encouraging politicians such as Mr Le Pen. Jean-Claude Dassier, the head of the rolling news service LCI, told a conference in Amsterdam: "Politics in France is heading to the Right and I don't want Right-wing politicians back in second or even first place because we showed burning cars."'

This is in France, not China or Cuba or Syria. At least parts of the French media will not show certain images of real events, actual newsworthy event happening in or near the neighborhood of their audience purely for political reasons. It is beyond me why the French allow this. What's more, it seems like censorhship in France, like censorship in most places, is not working.

'Mr Le Pen, 77, has summoned "legitimately worried and fed-up French people" to assemble in Palais Royal square in the city centre" Monday evening. His popularity jumped five points in an opinion poll for Paris Match'...

A five point increase from the 2002 presidental election results would put him at 23%. A broad neo-nationalist coalition could probably get 30% of the vote, based on 2002 figures. I would bet most of the Rightist nationalist parties have seen an increase in support similar to that of the National Front, putting their combined support somewhere in the mid-30s and growing.

'Marine Le Pen, his 37-year-old youngest daughter and political heir, told the Sunday Telegraph that her father, one of France's longest serving politicians, had been vindicated.'

'"The Front National predicted and warned this violence would happen 20 years ago. It has been political madness for 30 years since we allowed immigrants to come here as cheap labour at the behest of French bosses," said Miss Le Pen, a mother of three, lawyer, Euro-MP, local councillor and president of the FN's youth wing. "It has been impossible to assimilate these people, simply because there are too many of them."'

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