Socialist Hollande Bans ‘Right-Wing’ Nationalist Party & Challenger Le Pen from Unity March
Socialist President Francois Hollande banned National Front Party and Leader Marine Le Pen from the “Unity Rally” in Paris on Sunday.
La Pen was furious and posted this tweet.
Instead, Marine Le Pen attended a rally in the southern town of Beaucaire.
The French Nationalist Party, who wants to clamp down on immigration, won the European elections last May.
The Local reported:
Just a day after the Charlie Hebdo shooting left 12 dead and had politicians calling for the country to unite, a row between politicians broke out after the National Front were not invited to take part in Sunday’s rally for “national unity” in Paris.
For her part Marine Le Pen was furious that the party, who came out on top in the European elections last May, was “excluded” from the march.
“It is very clear,” Le Pen said. “They say that the Front National (FN) are not welcome to a meeting where every other party is invited. There is no longer national unity, it’s disappeared because of their actions.”
The party also fired out a tweet saying: “”The first party of France excluded from the demonstration! It’s a moral fault.”
The rally is expected to see François Hollande line up alongside his old adversary Nicolas Sarkozy at the head of the March and will see politicians and elected officials from all mainstream parties, at least take to the streets.
Some however believe it’s a mistake that the Front National have not been invited, even if the party is known for anti-immigration views and its desire to resist the influence of Islam in France.
Former Prime Minister François Fillon said: “”Our best response is the total unity of the country. We can’t have any dissenting voices.”
His UMP party were opposed to the exclusion of the National Front, as were many others.