Tag Archives: Marine Le Pen

Bill Wirtz joins Sky News for the French Election 2017

Young Voices Advocate, Bill Wirtz, sat down with Sky News on election night in Paris to talk about Macron’s victory in the presidential race. They talk about how Macron pulled it off and how younger voters factored into the election.

 

 

Podcast #59: Bill Wirtz on French Elections and the Bigger Picture

Young Voices advocate Bill Wirtz has been busy! Coming off his interview last week with Glenn Beck, he has written about the French elections in FEE and also in Newsweek about larger trends rippling into the Czech Republic. Today he joins Stephen Kent of Young Voices on the podcast to discuss the latest in France and the EU.

Follow Bill on Twitter @WirtzBill and Stephen Kent @Stephen_kent89

The Frustration of French Voters Will Play into Le Pen’s Hands in the Long Run

After the first round of voting last Sunday, the French electorate decided to send independent candidate Emmanuel Macron (23.8 percent) and far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen (21.6 percent) to the next round of voting on May 7th.

Opponents of Le Pen’s radical policies are now calling for a gathering of the so-called “Front Républicain,” the Republican Front.

Front Républicain

Inspired by the name of Le Pen’s National Front, the Republican Front gathers those who reject the rampant nationalist positions of the French far-right, which they consider contrary to the “Republican spirit.”

While not an established party in itself, the Republican Front represents a coalition of different parties in the République against a particularly unpopular candidate like Marine Le Pen.

Continue reading in FEE

The Upcoming Clash of Civilizations: After French Elections, Saving The Liberal Order From New Authoritarianism

Long regarded as the guardians of the international liberal order, developed countries are now submerged in authoritarian ideologies. The first major country to be hit by this authoritarian wave is the United States, whose president was elected on a radical nationalist and protectionist discourse. France is probably the next country on the list. Even if Marine Le Pen is not elected, the far-right National Front Party has already won the cultural battle, leading mainstream parties to radicalize their stances on social, economic, and security issues. Right-wing authoritarianism is moreover challenged by radical left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s Marxist rhetoric. If we add up the total votes for the far-left and the far-right during the first round of the presidential election, these are at least 40 percent of French voters who have praised authoritarian agendas.

Continue reading at TownHall

Podcast #51: Marine Le Pen & the European Faux-Right

Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron are headed to a May 7th runoff in the race to be the next president of France. Young Voices Advocate Bill Wirtz is a Law student at the Université de Lorraine in Nancy, France and recently co-write a piece in the Washington Examiner on European populism and why it is appealing to conservatives.

Follow Bill on Twitter @WirtzBill and Stephen Kent @Stephen_kent89