Europe’s far-Right in crisis as Geert Wilder expresses ‘disgust’ at Jean-Marie Le Pen comments
ByÂ Bruno Waterfield,Â Brussels/TelegraphÂ (a leftist scribbler who makes an ass of himself by repeating “far-right” on end. Bruno can’t even spell Wilders name correctly and calls him ‘Wilder’ instead of Wilders. The journaillie is really worthless.)
Dutch anti-Muslim leader of the Dutch Freedom Party Geert Wilder expresses “absolute disgust” over Jean-Marie Le Pen’s alleged anti-Semitism, triggering crisis which could benefit Nigel Farage
Geert Wilder (right) held a joint press conference with Marine Le Pen late last month following their party’s European election gainsÂ Photo: JULIEN WARNAND/EPA
Marine Le Pen’s hopes of building a f
ar-Right alliance in theÂ European ParliamentÂ are in crisis after alleged anti-Semitic comments by her father, the founder of the French Front National.
Geert Wilders, the Dutch anti-Muslim leader and the Front National’s most important ally, has described Mr Le Pen’s comment he would make an “oven load” of a Jewish critic as “disgusting” and has written to Miss Le Pen demanding an explanation.
“If these statements were indeed made and meant, then they are absolutely disgusting and I have told the Front National so,” he said.
Responding to criticism by Patrick Bruel, a popular French singer and Jewish, Mr Le Pen said last weekend, “we’ll do up an oven load next time”.
The comment was widely interpreted as a reference to the furnaces used by the Nazis to dispose of their victims during the Holocaust.
Mr Wilders has previously expressed his concern that Mr Le Pen is the honorary president of the Front National and that, as an MEP, he will sit alongside members of his Freedom Party in the European Parliament when it meets next month after May’s EU elections.
The Dutch far-Right leader failed to win European elections despite opinion polls putting him in the lead after senior members of his party resigned over his links to the Front National and the Le Pens.
Miss Le Pen is struggling to form an alliance with MEPs from Holland, Austria, Belgium and Italy and the latest row will damage her attempts to win new allies and position the Front National as a Eurosceptic but non-extremist party.
Mr Wilders has repeatedly stressed that the Front National has reformed under Miss Le Pen’s control but the comments by her father have undermined such claims and reignited controversy over racism and anti-semitism on the French far-Right.
The comments have also opened a round of in-fighting for Miss Le Pen within the Front National, Europe’s biggest far-Right party, as she accused her father of damaging the cause while he has blamed her for turning it into an insipid “bizarre” grouping “without substance”.
The controversy could benefit Nigel Farage who has lost Italian and Belgian allies to Miss Le Pen at a time when Ukip is also struggling to find allies in the EU parliament.