Marion Marechal-Le Pen’s surprising conservative message

Washington Examiner, March 2, 2018

When French politician Marion Marechal-Le Pen strode onto the stage at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference last Thursday, most conference attendees likely had little or no idea who she was.

There were lots of empty seats in the grand ballroom, where the main events of the conference took place. It was early afternoon, and many of the day’s attendees were still at lunch. Of those in attendance, some were dozing off.

Then the striking young woman delivered a most captivating message.

To open up to the outside, you must have a solid core. To welcome, you have to remain. To share, you must have something to offer. Without nation and without family, the limits of the common good, natural law, collective morality disappears as the reign of egoism continues.

Among other things, she was referring to the failures of the European Union and the French government: Her government had bequeathed sovereignty to Brussels, and as a result, her fellow countrymen lost a certain amount of independence to choose their own laws and own destiny, especially on issues like mass migration.

Her words echoed President Trump’s immigration rhetoric, and he often said on the campaign trail, “We either have a country or we don’t.”

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