Jean Marie Le Pen is founder and current leader of the National Front (FN), a French nationalist party. Le Pen is also a lawyer, a combat veteran of wars in Indochina and Algeria, a member of the European Parliament and a patriot.
40% of French voters have voted for FN at least once. French voters have elected thousands (not hundreds, but thousands) of FN mayors, governors, regional directors, MPs, MEP and city councilmen. Cities under FN control, such as Orange, are marked by less crime and a stronger economy.
FN draws support from all levels of French society. There are large and active FN organizations for accountants, lawyers, college professors, physicians, students, union members, military veterans, policemen, and school teachers. In recent elections FN has received significant support from working class voters, especially in the east and north, who formerly supported the Communist and Socialist parties.
This success has drawn the ire of anti-French and anti-European forces. Le Pen was blinded in one eye by a communist. The electoral laws were changed to prevent FN representation in the National Assembly (NA). By vote volume, and by the tenets of democracy, FN should constitute 20% of the NA rather the current 0%. FN charities which provide hot meals and warm clothing to the homeless were prevented from their mission when a judge ruled the pork soup provided to the destitute constituted an outrage against Jews and Muslims.
The irony of the last item, not lost to the well-informed, is patriotic French Jews and, and to a lesser extent, patriotic French Muslims have voted for the FN. Indeed, several elected FN officials are Jewish.
What does Le Pen stand for? The French people should receive preference for jobs, training, education and housing. Only as a truly French nation can France successfully compete with and positively influence the world.
Non-European immigrants have largely refused to assimilate, largely live (and live large) by welfare and crime, and pose a threat to the very existence of France. They are deeply unhappy in France. It is only humane they be paid to leave France.
These positions, among other FN ideas once considered impossible, are now mainstream. This positive effect on French political discourse is known as Le Penism.
Le Pen's influence has spread beyond France. Every European country now has a nationalist movement, often based on the FN model.
As a result of the immigrant riots every politician now sounds like Le Pen.
Is Le Penism the future for France and Europe? No serious person thinks it is impossible. Many think it is probable and desirable.
At every point of crisis in French history a savior has risen; Martel, Joan of Arc, Le Pen.