I preface this post by reminding people I do not support any candidate or party in the forthcoming election, but think we do need to know more about Le Pen given her popularity in current polls.
The NF website in France is critical of the EU, seeing it as a source of unemployment and too many migrants. Arguing that France is suffering from “L’Europe contre les peuples”, the site chronicles the loss of industrial jobs, open borders, dominance of market forces, destruction of public services, poverty, uncertainties and substantial migration as features of modern France in the EU it does not like.
The party disagrees with an ultra liberal world ideology which it thinks is there in the EU to serve financial sector interests at the expense of others. The EU is seen as a client state of big money interests run by powerful unelected officials. It delivers long recessions, mass unemployment, and financial crises as shown in Greece. It has ignored the votes of the French, Dutch and Irish against the original Constitutional Treaty.
France is seen as getting a particularly bad financial deal from the EU. As the EU’s second largest contributor according to the site, the country does not benefit from the Euro and the internal market in the way Germany does. Large scale immigration is seen as lowering wages and destabilising society.
The website proposes that France uses Article 50 to get out of the Euro and to change its relationship with the EU fundamentally. France needs to restore control over her borders and law making, and be able to spend her own money. Control is seen to rest in Brussels and Frankfurt, and needs to be brought back to France herself.
The party offers a range of policies to help and support veterans, to promote economic growth and to improve public services.