France’s youngest MP

June 19th, 2012 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

This 22 year old has just been elected to the French Parliament, becoming their youngest MP since 1791.

Normally I would approve of such an election. Time magazine describes Marion as “Intelligent, articulate and exceptionally easy to gaze upon” – a description hard to dispute.

However there is a downside. Her full name is Marion Maréchal-Le Pen. She is the grand-daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen and got elected as a MP – a feat even her aunt and party leader failed to achieve. She is already being touted as a future Leader.

Incidentally in 1986 introduced proportional representation, and the result was the National Front won 35 seats in the French Parliament. They abolished proportional representation for the next round of elections, and they were reduced to one MP.

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43 Responses to “France’s youngest MP”

  1. Viking2 (11,553 comments) says:

    Maybe if we had more good looking like this instead of people like Mallard and Little and various other uglies Kiwi’s would take more interest in their MP’s.

    Really, the girlies like Simon so why should us boys have eye candy like this?

    Well we can put up Nikki the no body and Jacinda but then its really a no contest isnt it.

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  2. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    so much for politics.

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  3. KiwiGreg (3,259 comments) says:

    “Her full name is Marion Maréchal-Le Pen. She is the grand-daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen”

    What’s your point?

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  4. Manolo (14,030 comments) says:

    I don’t get it. I’ve never heard DPF making the same comments about the downside of his friends Jacinta Ardern or Grant Robertson.
    What is he saying?

    [DPF: I like Jacinda and Grant, but that doesn’t mean I would vote for them! Also as much as I see little merit in most Labour policies, I prefer them to those of the French National Front]

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  5. hj (7,062 comments) says:

    “At the same time, she has developed other themes in order to broaden her appeal. One pet favourite is the domination of “internationalist” thinking. Ms Le Pen is against open borders, open markets, open trade, and the euro. Such policies appeal in particular to industrial workers in large chunks of northern and eastern France who have been battered by job losses. Many come from families that traditionally voted Communist.

    Another favourite theme of Ms Le Pen’s is a sort of anti-establishment, anti-Paris, anti-elitism, which she manages to carry off with panache given that she was brought up in a giant mansion just outside the capital. By making her political base the northern ex-mining town of Hénin-Beaumont, she has remodelled herself as the workers’ champion (see this report of mine). ”
    http://www.economist.com/blogs/elysee/2012/04/marine-le-pen-0

    “Hollande describes Le Pen’s voters as “workers who do not know what tomorrow will bring, pensioners who can’t cope any more, farmers who fear for the survival of their farms, the young who ask themselves: where is our future?” The Socialists must reach out to Le Pen’s blue-collar supporters, an electorate with whom the party had long been accused of losing touch.”
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/26/far-right-french-election-campaign

    The progressive left are opposed to “our” + “country”. What people see (understand) is competition for resources hiding beneath globalisation. They see themselves as coming off second. They don’t understand that Harcourts Shanghai are selflessly working in the countries best interests.

    Red tide rising?

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  6. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    Far out. Definitely a lot tastier than the ladies of the New Zealand Right Wing Resistance.

    Will be polishing up my jackboots and practising my “Sieg Heil” now…

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  7. Linda Reid (416 comments) says:

    I don’t think being an MP is a job for 20-somethings. I believe that no-one that age has had time to test their ideas and their learning against reality, to face the inevitable challenges that help us all to grow and bring maturity to our ideals, and to just get some decent success behind us. Parliament is not a play pen for political wannabes. It’s serious business.

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  8. thedavincimode (6,869 comments) says:

    RRM

    You might be in luck. She’s standing next to a shrub – maybe she’s Green as well! :)

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  9. immigant (950 comments) says:

    Agree with Linda on this one, a 22 yearold is hardly someone who can be trusted to lead a country.
    Also just enough career trougher, obviously in on the political scene due to family connections rather then anything outstanding.

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  10. JeffW (327 comments) says:

    How can it be a good idea for a 22 year old with no life experiences and perhaps most of all no experience of having to pay taxes year after year while government wastes money, to rule over the taxpaying citizenry?

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  11. David Garrett (7,523 comments) says:

    Agree with the others re her age…and I am sure DPF has expressed similar sentiments in the past?

    Labour seems to specialize in these babes in arms as MP’s…Chris Hipkins looks like he should still be at school…

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  12. Michael Mckee (1,091 comments) says:

    KiwiGreg (2,377) Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Good question, it was a democratic election was it DPF?

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  13. Redbaiter (9,503 comments) says:

    JeffW- you could probably apply that question to most NZ Labour party politicians regardless of their age. (and quite a few Nats too)

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  14. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    i guess it proves that rightwing racist scum…aren’t necessarily physically ugly as well…

    phillip ure whoar.co.nz

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  15. Michael Mckee (1,091 comments) says:

    Linda Reid (330) Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    What is test their ideas and learning against reality?

    Clark, Cullen, Mallard et al are troughers and waste OTHER PEOPLES MONEY on the building up of statism and bribes.
    They’ve had plenty of time to test their ideas and learning against reality so what’s your point?

    She may only be 22 but if she’s already worked our socialism and pseudo communism isn’t good for society she’s in the right place and the right time.

    Besides which French people voted for her or her party and that’s what counts. Yes she lacks experience of life.
    So she’ll have to learn quick quick with the likes of Mallard et al in the French Parliament.

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  16. Redbaiter (9,503 comments) says:

    Notice how all those who oppose Le Pen’s ideas have no coherent argument against her views, only vicious hate filled slogans and labels in lieu.

    That’s typical of how the left operate.

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  17. Michael Mckee (1,091 comments) says:

    Manolo (6,652) Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Good one Manolo.

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  18. grumpyoldhori (2,362 comments) says:

    Hmm, good looks, good rack, it would be the duty of any lefty to bed her.
    Just so one could engage in discourse on politics of course :-)

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  19. Linda Reid (416 comments) says:

    Lots of people start out as ‘socialist’ in their younger years, then learn through experience that it’s not actually the best way to run a country. I forget who said it but the quote goes something like this: ‘If you’re not a socialist in your youth you have no heart, and if you’re not a conservative in you mature years you have no head.’

    Some people never learn the lesson.

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  20. Paulus (2,658 comments) says:

    Wow – made my morning.
    Wrong politics but better looking than any of our MPs.
    But nobody could look uglier than our Labour’s Union women
    Keep it up.

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  21. Redbaiter (9,503 comments) says:

    Just for the record, from the left wing Wikipedia-

    “Whilst she has been described as a significantly more moderate, democratic and republican presence than her nationalist father; she also strongly opposes illegal immigration, abortion, same-sex marriage, euthanasia and communitarianism, as well as advocating the reduction of legal immigration into France.”

    DPF-

    “Also as much as I see little merit in most Labour policies, I prefer them to those of the French National Front”

    DPF once again highlights the problem with the National Party. It has very few real differences with the Labour party.

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  22. David Garrett (7,523 comments) says:

    Linda: Yep, one of the best…and it was Mark Twain I think…cant be bothered googling it to check…

    Margaret Thatcher also had a doozy” “The trouble with the socialists is they are very good at spending other peoples money”…

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  23. mavxp (491 comments) says:

    I think you are forgetting something people. This is France, where attractive women are par for the course. You could find, I bet, equally or even more attractive women who are also centrist, right of centre, left of centre etc.

    In NZ you struggle to find women even remotely attractive in daily life regardless of politics. I think it is something in our water :(

    So back on topic – her politics are largely disagreeable*, but an important voice for discontent, which is what Hollande correctly recognises.

    *I agree with her on the Euro.

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  24. Redbaiter (9,503 comments) says:

    Wrong on both counts Garret you ignoramus. Here’s another saying you should remember-

    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

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  25. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    “..Redbaiter (300) Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Notice how all those who oppose Le Pen’s ideas have no coherent argument against her views, only vicious hate filled slogans and labels in lieu…”

    now that’s funny…!

    phillip ure whoar.co.nz

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  26. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    and linda reid..gets fatuous-cliche-of-the-day..

    ..with that hoary old one that only the young care…and that everyone becomes a selfish piece of crap..as they age..

    ..and that this is good..!

    phillip ure whoar.co.nz

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  27. David Garrett (7,523 comments) says:

    Oh Red! Please don’t…have mercy…I think I am going to cry again…
    What’s your real name Red?

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  28. kowtow (8,733 comments) says:

    You’ve got to love the views of the “democratic” political elites.

    What is the down side of Le Pen? They don’t want France swamped by Muslims……”unacceptable”.How can wanting to protect your country be seen as racist?Cos that’s how the elites mould the issue and thereby control the argument.

    In the land “equality” they abolish PR because they don’t like the result!Dangerous to exclude the views of 6 million angry Froggies.
    Britain won’t allow an EU referendum cos they know the people would say “get us out”
    Ireland had 2 EU Treaty referenda cos Dublin and Brussels wanted the correct result.
    NZ allows non binding CIR ,what an insult to democracy.

    Time magazine says she’s easy to gaze at,”sexism” OK but so called racism isn’t?

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  29. David Garrett (7,523 comments) says:

    mavxp: An old aussie mate of mine had a theory to explain the “Australasian arse” that was so recognisable among women in London..”Netball and eating too much dairy products in their youth” !!

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  30. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    i guess it proves that rightwing racist scum…aren’t necessarily physically ugly as well…

    Are you saying that only leftwing racist scum are the only ones who are fugly as all hell?

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  31. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    She’s successful at a young age, and she’s good-looking. No doubt her Left-wing colleagues will start hating her soon.

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  32. Linda Reid (416 comments) says:

    Just because you learn how the real world works as you live your life, does not mean you lose your heart – you just see how locking people into dependence on the taxpayer is bad for them, bad for their children and bad for society. Real help would see people get over the humps in the road and grow the skills needed for independence and success. Just throwing money at people does none of that. Paying people for making bad choices does nothing to help.

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  33. Grendel (1,003 comments) says:

    Wow, very tidy. makes me realise its been way too long since i have been to France.

    i had a girlfriend last year who looked very similar to this lady, unfortunately utter utterly batshit insane. oh well, it makes for funny stories at least :)

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  34. UpandComer (537 comments) says:

    Hooray for me. I’m just turning 24 and I have a legitimate chance of meeting this girl as I will be in France for an extended period and know people who know people lol. I want to make her my missus, and then I’ll talk her out of her batty views in a comfortable post-coital environment.

    She isn’t actually that tidy, and neither is massive teeth Jacinda, but they are definitely hot for polys, and they have that power etc. Plus in France their power ratios are far higher then in NZ, their MP’s don’t go anywhere without a lot of hoopla.

    At least the Le Pen women are pretty even if they are evil.

    It kind of annoys me how looks has so much impact, but oh well, use it or lose it, so she may as well use it. Very fair young lady of whom I will report back if I make her acquaintance with photographic evidence.

    mooooahhh

    [DPF: I look forward to the photographic evidence. :-)]

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  35. Weihana (4,583 comments) says:

    Linda Reid,

    re her age:

    I wouldn’t automatically reject a candidate because of their age though I concede it’s unlikely a 22 year old would be an attractive prospect for political representation. But presumably a rational voter assesses more about a candidate’s views than simply their age and leaving everything else up to chance. There are plenty of stupid people who remain stupid no matter how much they age. Age is no cure for stupidity.

    Also, while I see some of you patting yourselves on the back for your conservatism, which you presume reflects your wisdom and maturity, the reality is there are roughly equal proportions of stupid politicians on all sides of the political spectrum. I don’t think it’s so much a case of people progressing from socialism to conservatism as they age, but rather they tend to progress from idealism to pragmatism because as people’s life experiences accumulate they understand more about the practical reality of how things work.

    However, the fact they have a better grasp of how things work is no assurance that their basic beliefs are right or representative of their electorate. Ultimately the greater responsibility lies with the general public in making sure that THEY have a grasp on reality and can elect those candidates who espouse good ideas. We cannot simply rely on candidates having “life experience”.

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  36. KevinH (1,236 comments) says:

    It says a lot about French politics when an attractive girl wins regardless of her politics. Her pedigree is thoroughly fascist, anti immigration, anti E.U. and despite the fact that she has no political experience she still won a seat on the back of her looks alone, which is sad for French politics and the future of France.

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  37. hj (7,062 comments) says:

    You could call “anti-immigration” selfish, but why should you take the overpopulation of countries where larger families than your own are the norm?
    Do we not see a population explosion has occured over the last 150 years?

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  38. kowtow (8,733 comments) says:

    upandcomer
    Do us a favour and stay there.

    They pray in the streets there obstucting the Republics’ highways and byways,not the indigenous Catholics ,the musselmen, in open breach of the law and spirit of their disgusting regicide revolution.

    You’re welcome to it.

    Vive le Roi.

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  39. Sam Buchanan (501 comments) says:

    “Notice how all those who oppose Le Pen’s ideas have no coherent argument against her views, only vicious hate filled slogans and labels in lieu.”

    Not a very nice thing to say about the host of the blog you are commenting on.

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  40. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    Haven’t seen redbaiter since half past nine this morning. Was that photo of the lovely young right-wing Marion perhaps too much for him, and a cup of tea + lie down With Miss Palmer was required..? :-)

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  41. thedavincimode (6,869 comments) says:

    RRM

    He’s busy working on some new material. That or working out how he will mount the M60 on his zimmer frame.

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  42. Sam Buchanan (501 comments) says:

    “Real help would see people get over the humps in the road and grow the skills needed for independence and success. Just throwing money at people does none of that.”

    No, but in the short-term its a relatively cheap way to keep people quiet, which is why its the policy of choice for governments of both left and right.

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  43. chiz (1,164 comments) says:

    Linda Reid:I forget who said it but the quote goes something like this: ‘If you’re not a socialist in your youth you have no heart, and if you’re not a conservative in you mature years you have no head.’

    Usually attributed to Winston Churchill.

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