Marine Le Pen presidential campaign, 2012

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Marine Le Pen — Élysée 2012
Campaign French presidential election, 2012
Candidate Marine Le Pen
Affiliation Front National
Key people Florian Philippot (Strategic director)
Louis Aliot (Operational director)
Gilbert Collard (Support committee)
Slogan The voice of people, the spirit of France
Website
2012 presidential campaign's website

A president of the Front National (FN) since 16 January 2011, Marine Le Pen will run for the 2012 French presidential election.

Campaign trail[edit]

Announcement and launching[edit]

During the 2010 internal campaign for the FN leadership, Marine Le Pen explained why the leadership of the party and the candidature for the presidential election must not be dissociated: thus the next FN leader will run in the 2012 presidential election.[1]

On 16 May 2011, her presidential candidacy was unanimously validated by the FN Executive Committee.[2]

On 10 and 11 September 2011, she made her political comeback with the title "the voice of people, the spirit of France" in the convention center of Acropolis in Nice.[3] Her political comeback, which was concluded by a closing speech of seventy minutes, prefigured the launching of her presidential campaign.[4]

During a press conference held in Nanterre on 6 October 2011, she officially unveiled the line-up of her presidential campaign team.[5]

Issues and statements[edit]

On 19 November 2011, Marine Le Pen presented in Paris the main thematic issues of her presidential project

The main topics of her presidential campaign are: economy and social, immigration and security, reindustrialisation and "strong state," fight against corruption and public morality, education and culture, family and health, international politics.[6] Marine Le Pen and her advisers regularly hold thematic press conferences[7] and interventions[8] on varied topical issues.

On 19 November 2011, she espoused the main thematic issues of her presidential project: sovereign people and democracy, Europe, reindustrialization and strong state, family and education, immigration and assimilation versus communitarianism, geopolitics and international politics.[9] During a press conference held on 12 January 2012,[10] she presented in detail the assessment of her presidential project[11] and a plan of debt paydown of France.[12]

During a press conference held on 1 February 2012, she presented an outline of her presidential project for the overseas departments and territories of France.[13]

Meetings and travels[edit]

France[edit]

On 19 October 2011, Marine Le Pen visited in Paris the 2011 Milipol exhibition

On 17 September 2011, 1,200 people from Western France have taken part in her first meeting held in a castle in Vaiges, Mayenne.[14][15]

On 21 September 2011, she visited during two hours the Rungis International Market, where she met workers and professionals disillusioned with Nicolas Sarkozy's politics.[16][17][18][19] On that very day, she met farmers in Fosses, Val-d'Oise and held a press conference about agricultural issues.[20]

On 17 October 2011, she held a press conference in front of the Dexia headquarters in La Défense.[21] On 19 October 2011, she visited in Paris the 2011 Milipol, a security technology sales exhibition.[22]

On 5 January 2012, she presented her wishes to the press.[23]

On 11 December 2011, she held her first presidential meeting in Metz, Moselle, Lorraine.[24][25] From early January 2012, she held weekly meetings in major French cities: Saint-Denis,[26] Rouen[27] Bordeaux,[28] Perpignan,[29] Toulouse.[30]

Italy[edit]

In October 2011, Marine Le Pen visited Italy for three days.[31] On 20 October 2011, she had dinner in Verona with forty local contractors including Daniela Santanché, undersecretary in charge of the implementation of the programme in the Berlusconi IV Cabinet.[32][33] On 21 October 2011, she met in Verona municipal representatives members of The Right.[32] Later on that very day, she discussed at the Milan Stock Exchange topical issues (Arab Spring, immigration, European Union) with Daniela Santanché.[33][34][35][36] On 22 October 2011, she signed in Rome the Italian translation of her autobiography À contre flots for the assistance gathered in the Ferrajoli palace.[37][38][39]

Endorsement[edit]

A lawyer, Gilbert Collard rallied to her presidential candidacy and accepted the presidency of her support committee.[40][41]

During the convention in Nice on 10 September 2011, she has received the support of Paul-Marie Coûteaux, a former souverainiste MEP.[42] A former general director of the Renseignements Généraux, Yves Bertrand wrote an expression of sympathy in a French magazine.[43] Although Bertrand said that "Marine Le Pen is respectable, republican and friendly", he will not join her support committee.[44] Other personalities could further support her candidacy and join her presidential committee.[44] La Pen also received support from actress Brigitte Bardot. [45]

On 2 February 2012, Marine Le Pen's support committee was officially presented during a press conference in Paris.[46]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (French)"The 2012 great alternation is built in 2011". Nations Presse Info. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  2. ^ (French)"Marine Le Pen's candidacy validated by the FN". AFP / (Le Figaro). 16 May 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  3. ^ (French)"Programme of the "Summer days Marine 2012"". Front National. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  4. ^ (French)"Closing speech at the "Summer days of Marine Le Pen"". Front National. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  5. ^ (French)"Marine Le Pen: presentation of her presidential campaign team". Front National. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  6. ^ (French)"2012 presidential project". Marine Le Pen's presidential website. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  7. ^ (French)"Thematic press conferences". Front National. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  8. ^ (French)"Thematic videos". Front National. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  9. ^ (French)"Marine Le Pen's speech : presentation of her presidential project". Front National. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  10. ^ (French)"Between "good" and "bad" expenditures, Marine Le Pen assesses her project". LCI. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  11. ^ (French)"Assessment of the presidential project". Front National. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  12. ^ (French)"Plan of debt paydown of France". Front National. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  13. ^ (French)"Presentation of the presidential project for overseas". Front National. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  14. ^ (French)"Programme of the rural party in Vaiges". Front National. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
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  18. ^ (French)"Marine Le Pen's visit at the Rungis International market". Agence France-Presse / (20 minutes (France)). 21 September 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  19. ^ (French)"Marine Le Pen's visit at the Rungis International Market". Le Parisien. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  20. ^ (French)"In Fosses, Marine Le Pen have talks with farmers". Front National. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  21. ^ (French)"Marine Le Pen in front of the Dexia headquarters (report)". Front National. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  22. ^ (French)"Marine Le Pen's visit in the Milipol exhibition". Front National. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  23. ^ (French)"Wishes to the press: Marine Le Pen's speech". Front National. 5 January 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  24. ^ (French)"Meeting in Metz : Marine Le Pen's closing speech". Front National. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  25. ^ (French)"In Lorraine, Marine Le Pen wants to make listen the voice of "forgotten" people". La Chaîne Info (LCI, The News Channel). 11 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  26. ^ (French)"Marine Le Pen's speech in Saint-Denis". Front National. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  27. ^ (French)"Marine Le Pen's speech in Rouen". Front National. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  28. ^ (French)"Marine Le Pen's speech in Bordeaux". Front National. 22 January 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  29. ^ (French)"Marine Le Pen's speech in Perpignan". Front National. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  30. ^ (French)"Marine Le Pen's speech in Toulouse". Nations Presse Info. 5 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  31. ^ (French)"2012 presidential election: Italy in sights of Marine Le Pen". 20 minutes (France). 20 October 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  32. ^ a b (French)"2012 presidential election: Marine Le Pen gets in touch in Verone with municipal representatives". 20 minutes (France). 21 October 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  33. ^ a b "Marine Le Pen meets Berlusconi minister". Radio France Internationale. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  34. ^ (French)"2012 presidential election: Marine Le Pen presents her ideas at a round table in Milan". 20 minutes (France). 21 October 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  35. ^ (French)"Marine Le Pen discusses with a member of the Italian government". Europe 1. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  36. ^ "Marine Le Pen and Daniela Santanche interviewed by Vittorio Feltri". Demotix. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  37. ^ (French)"Marine Le Pen signs in Rome the Italian translation of her autobiography "À contre flots"". 20 minutes (France). 22 October 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  38. ^ "Marine le Pen's last book presented in Rome". Demotix. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  39. ^ "Marine Le Pen presents her book Upstream in Rome". Demotix. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  40. ^ (French)"Gilbert Collard: "Marine Le Pen's hour has rung"". Nice-Matin. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  41. ^ (French)"Collard and "the France who is fed up"". Le Figaro. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  42. ^ (French)"Convention in Nice: Paul-Marie Coûteaux rallies behind Marine Le Pen". Marianne. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  43. ^ (French)"Yves Bertrand: "we must put an end to the demonization of the FN"". Causeur. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  44. ^ a b (French)Arnaud Folch (15 September 2011). "FN: rallying operation". Valeurs Actuelles. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  45. ^ http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/02/24/brigitte-bardot-pens-letter-of-support-for-far-right-front-national-candidate-marine-le-pen.html
  46. ^ (French)"Presentation of Marine Le Pen's support committee". Front National. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 

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