Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder and former leader of the right-wing National Front party (FN) in France, said on the party’s website that the “naïvete” of the Norwegian government was more troubling (“plus grave“) than the killing of 77 people last week by Anders Behring Breivik. Le Pen also said that Norway had failed to understand the “extent of danger wide-scale immigration poses to the world” (“la mesure du danger mondial que représentent d’abord l’immigration massive”). According to the the French newspaper Le Monde, Le Pen’s remarks put in danger the National Front’s “strategy of respectability” (“la stratégie de ‘respectabilisation”‘) — a strategy initiated by the party’s current leader, Le Pen’s youngest daughter, Marine Le Pen.
Jean-Marie Le Pen also said that the killings were an “accident by one individual” (“cet accident d’un individu”).
Following last Friday’s attacks in Norway, Marine Le Pen had issued a statement on July 24:
“The National Front condemns these barbarian and cowardly acts and expresses its total solidarity with the people of Norway.
(“Le FN condamne ces actes barbares et lâches et exprime sa totale solidarité avec le peuple norvégien.”)
On July 23, the day after the bombing in Oslo and the massacre on the island of Utøya at a camp for young members of Norway’s ruling Labor party, Laurent Ozon, an officer of the FN, wrote on Twitter:
“Explain what happened in Oslo: explosion of immigration : (multiplied by six) between 1970 and 2009″ (“Expliquer le drame d’Oslo : explosion de l’immigration : (multipliée par six) entre 1970 et 2009.”)
“Explain what happened in Oslo: from 1970 to 2009, x 58 (multiplication by 58 of the number of) immigrants of African-Middle-Eastern origin”…Towards civil war?” (“Expliquer le drame d’Oslo : de 1970 à 2009, X58 (multiplication par cinquante-huit du nombre d’) immigrés d’origine afro-orientale (…). Vers la guerre civile ?”)
Marine Le Pen immediately responded that “Laurent Ozon has it wrong” (“Laurent Ozon fait fausse route”).
As Le Monde observes, this is the second time that Jean-Marie Le Pen has contested one of his daughter’s decisions.
In Oslo, Thorbjørn Jagland, the chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize and a former prime minister of Norway, warned British Prime Minister David Cameron and other European leaders to take a more “cautious” approach when discussing multiculturalism.
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