“Russia did not give me money — I took out a loan”

The big interview: marine Le Pen (Marine Le Pen) may soon reduce the EU: “the next day after I was elected President, I would have told the French people about the referendum”. Journalist SvD Teresa Küchler (Teresa Küchler) met in Paris with the leader of “National front” and talked about the security of the EU and about whether it is possible to be both Muslim and French.

Paris — marine Le Pen never runs the risk. In front of the election headquarters of the “National front” on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-honoré, where close to the arc de Triomphe, rows are her guards, all intercom devices in the ears, body armor and a grim expression.

Security personnel of the National front, notorious: when the party was ruled by the father of marine, Jean-Marie Le Pen, for many years it was surrounded by shaven-headed guards. Today they have the hair on the head more. But because of this, they are no less daunting: there is a video where you can see how the guards, marine Le Pen dealt harshly with people who are too close to their leader.

Marine Le Pen arrives in an armored car with black glasses and quickly enters the building. Perhaps the caution of leader of the party is not only the fact that elections are coming and the atmosphere more tense than usual, and politicians are more threats, or because in Paris for a short time, there were two bloody terrorist attacks with Islamist overtones. Maybe she just has long been accustomed to fear.

Marine Le Pen was only eight years old, when on the stairs of the house where she lived with her parents and sisters, the bomb exploded. None of the family members were not injured, but the attack on Jean-Marie Le pen has left a deep trace in the soul of a small Marin.

When the journalist SvD, together with a small group of journalists finally allowed to meet with the candidate, it turns out that she, at least, in a good mood.

“Today, international women’s day, so it is correct to start with your question”, — said marine Le Pen and wink at me, chuckling and reminding about female solidarity.

But as soon as the recorder is turned on, it immediately turns into a superprofessionalnyh policy, which she is, and her answers to the questions similar to released missiles. Marine Le Pen is eloquent in education, she is a lawyer and can speak with the peasants in the language of peasants and scientists in Latin.

Teresa Küchler: Everywhere in Europe now fears are growing that if you come to power, start the process of decay and destruction of the EU. Is this true? Do you want it?

Marine Le Pen: I think the biggest concern everywhere in Europe now concern only the policy pursued by the EU, and fear of the people, who are forced to obey, — is responsible Le Pen immediately.

Marine Le Pen has consistently said about the EU as the various “peoples” — peuples — and never speaks about “Europeans”. The choice of words is important, as a large part of her campaign talks about what makes French people unique.

The EU describes it as an overwhelming Union in which different peoples with different identities is not allowed to show their differences.

“People think that the Union interferes in the internal Affairs of individual countries and that it has shown itself completely unable to protect external borders, which undertook to protect at the moment, as demanded by all countries-EU members to destroy their own,” shoots the leader of the party.

“The terrorists who came here, bringing death and destruction to our country, without difficulty crossed the borders that no longer exist”.

Marine Le Pen also wants to abolish the Euro, although all economists agree on the fact that France, the Euro was only good. But Le Pen does not agree. She wants to be able to devalue the currency as one of the measures in the framework of what she calls “Patriotic economy”.

— As for the EU as a whole?

— A day after I was elected President, I would announce to the French people, that is not later than six months, we will have a referendum. The referendum will put the question “do you Want to leave the EU?” Then I will start negotiations with the EU and will need to return the us back four of “sovereignty” — the ability to decide in areas that concern the French, and which must pass into the hands of the French people.

Four of the sovereignty mentioned in the election Manifesto of Le Pen in addition to money, is a legislative, territorial and economic independence.

— Take the economic independence I have now the right to conduct Patriotic economy, for example, to require that orders for public procurement went to French companies?— sets Le Pen’s rhetorical question and shakes his head.

— If the EU then the answer is that they agree to it, and say, “okay, we’ll give you back your sovereignty,” then I’ll go back to the French people and say that now we can stay. But if the EU says that this is out of the question, I’ll ask the French to vote for withdrawal from the EU, explains Le Pen.

I want to see France free, independent and regained their identity.

You again mention identity — and what exactly do you mean?

— Today we are losing our national identity, she is attacked by fundamentalist Islam to gain a foothold in the country, which conducts the recruitment in our country is developing in our country and provoke a regression in the first place in the field of women’s rights.

But our national identity also relates to our own economic policy, the ability to defend an economic model that underpins France: a strong state, the nation, family agriculture, social protection system. All of this for us French, it is very important if we want to preserve “l égalité” — equality — not only between individual French people, but also between different parts of the country. All of this is our identity, says Le Pen.

So, according to Le Pen, the particular French identity is interesting and at times awkward combination of nationalism and left-wing politics of classic, inventive. Because France is now, in fact, the “right” country.
After the victory of françois Hollande (François Hollandes) in the presidential election in 2012, the classic right-wing, that is, those who advocate the elimination of overly ambitious social protection system, won literally in every election: regional, municipal, elections to the Senate and the national Assembly.

— Is it possible to be French and Muslim, or French and European at the same time?

— It’s not that a person can have many identities, and what kind of person puts a priority. First and foremost you are French, then you are talking religion, region of birth possibly, you were born in another country, you and European, too — with a historical and geographical point of view, we are all Europeans. I’m a European, but first and foremost I’m French.

— If you first feel himself a Muslim and then a Frenchman, then you have not understood what the French identity.

Other concerns associated with Le Pen is that she is too friendly towards Russia. It is, in General, for anybody not a secret.

— What you expect relations with Russia?

— In France, there’s no reason not to develop strategic and economic ties with Russia. Russia did not attack France, did not act hostile towards France. France should not participate in the cold war, which leads the EU against Russia for several years.

But the aggressive policy of Russia, for example, in Ukraine worries many European countries, especially those in the East. What you say about her?

The EU contributed to the situation in Ukraine, the fact that he had acted dishonestly and put pressure on Ukraine, promising her a possible rapprochement in exchange for something that she will break all ties with Russia. We know very well that one part of Ukraine looks to the East, and the other half of the population to the West. France are happy to take part in finding a solution to the conflict peacefully.

— How do you Finance your party? You get Russian money?

I’m glad you asked. I get state financial support like other. And I have not received money from Russia, and took a loan that must return. If you’re still here: if you have there any Bank who wants to give a loan for funding a political party, please note that I’m looking for the borrower.