Le Pen says Nazis were 'not especially inhumane'

M Le Pen, 76, leader of the National Front party, had attracted a chorus of indignation from the political world and media on Wednesday concerning an interview he gave to a far-right magazine called Rivarol in which he said that the 1940-44 occupation was “not especially inhumane”, and that the Gestapo largely worked to protect the French population.

Dominique Perben, the Justice Minister, said that M Le Pen had clearly breached the law banning denial of Nazi crimes against humanity. M Le Pen “must explain himself before a court,” M Perben said.

Party leaders called the remarks unspeakable and the media noted that M Le Pen was reverting to his past form, provoking outrage to win publicity.

Nicolas Sarkozy, leader of President Chirac’s Union for a Popular Movement, said that M Le Pen should answer in the criminal courts. M Le Pen’s remarks were judged especially offensive as Europe marks the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

What a disgusting piece of humanity this man is. He no doubt will stoop to any level in an effort to gain publicity. In the 1980s he was widely condemned for calling the Nazi slaughter of the Jews “a detail of history”. No doubt he will not be prosecuted for his current statements because he didn't specifically deny the Holocaust. Denying the Holocaust is a crime in France.

LICRA - the International League against racism and anti-Semitism, is also taking legal action over the comments.

Racist make me question my stand on freedom of speech. I know I can't and shouldn't. But, we must make a stand against these people wherever they are. We must express our outrage at racism wherever we find it.
Le Pen has raised a daughter in his own likeness. She's smart and has a softer tone but is just as dangerous, maybe moreso.

Deutsche Welle


And let me add..Le Pen's words are so much like the words the far-right is saying now about the torture and abuse in Iraq. Birds of a feather..
1/16/2005 12:21:00 pm  
"in which he said that the 1940-44 occupation was “not especially inhumane”, and that ..."

Actually, to be more exact (I saw him on TV being interviewed, and watched his disgusting self blabbering on), he said something to the effect that the nazis weren't as bad to the French ppl as they were to Belgium, Holland or Poland.

But that's not the important thing. The important things (2 of them) are that:

1. He's a self professed racist & fascist, and proud of it

2. He's had a history of making outrageous public statements. These invariably come about when he's falling in disgrace.

Why does he do this? Because he's got more to gain than to lose.

Whenever he's managed to gain significant support, his tone is always one of an apparently *normal* person. Not that hard to read between his lines to guess his real agenda, but still, he manages to give the impression to the masses that he's indeed just a good patriotic guy. Speeches about "The Country, Family values, France for France and not for Europe, protecting French jobs for French ppl" etc. Lotsa ppl fall for that kind of talk.

On the other hand, when he is losing grounds real bad, he regularly comes up with over the top crap, and this for sheer shock value. Even though, it is nearly to the level of his true convictions. He's done it many times over the decades.

If any of you readers doubt what I'm saying, the above explanations are not mine, they are the condensed version of in-depth analysis by respected political comperes on Fr national TV.

And their assessment is so correct and true that the General Prosecutor is in a quandrum: to sue him for his outrageous statments could be worse than ignoring him. Why? Because, in spite of what he says, and in spite of the fact one can in France be sued for slander as well as for publicly uttered racial hatred incitement, he does it carefully enough that the worse he'd get would be a fine of a few 10s of thousands of euros. Big deal - what does he care, it's pocket money for his party, and in return he gets the attention in the medias for weeks if not months.

And so, the judicial system is seriously considering not sueing. Not morally right, but on the other hand this viper's venom will die into obscurity within days.

Again, for those readers who wonder, all of the above is prime time Fr TV interviews with officials of the Fr judicial system, and spokeswoman for France's General Prosecutor.

I wish someone would send him to Antartica.
1/16/2005 02:45:00 pm  
He is the visible face of fascism. However, there are other fascists who do not speak as clearly as he does and try to introduce their ideas in a moderate way as if they were innocent lambs. We should uncover the wolves wherever they are.
1/16/2005 09:48:00 pm  
You're absolutely right Dr, and in a way those ppl are even more dangerous, for they manage to complete a significant part of their agenda before ppl realize what they really are in for. Now, why does the name GW Bush suddenly spring to my mind? :-)
1/17/2005 12:31:00 am  
I say let people yap. I feel safer knowing talk like this is out in the open. Most of the time sunlight kills bacteria. This guy is really a prize, huh?
1/17/2005 10:59:00 pm  
I'm sure you're right Surrogate. But, it's hard to listen to especially if you're one of their victims.
1/18/2005 09:33:00 am  
To Surrogate:

"...sunlight kills bacteria. This guy is really a prize, huh?"

LOL, sure is!
1/20/2005 09:28:00 am  



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