Paris - “Syriza’s victory is a victory of democracy against the people’s prison that is the European Union”. It would be hard for the new Greek leader Alexis Tsipras to get an endorsement more to the right than the one expressed by Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French National Front during her visit to Euromaritime in Paris. The hot topic is terrorism. On Sunday, the second round of votes will be cast for the vacant seat of the socialist Pierre Moscovici, the current European Commissioner of External Affairs. The UMP, the moderate centre-right party led by Nicholas Sarkozy is out of the game and Marine is attempting a decisive move. And in the meantime, she’s ‘courting’ Tsioras. “Certainly. Because his victory is the rejection of an authority that keeps us prisoners. Tsipras is a liberation from the oppression of the Troika, the monetary fund, the ECB, the financial authorities.”
That’s a similar endorsement to that of Matteo Salvini in Italy. How is your relationship with the Lega?
“Matteo is a friend and I have a great collaborative relationship with him. Thanks to this, he will be very successful. We will have great success”.
Yesterday in Nice it was another day of great tensions for France. Is the country becoming unsafe?
“Once again, a crime against the people, by another Coulibaly of which, in this case, the secret services were aware. The problem is that the French Government has put in place laughable measures against terrorism, totally unsuited to the severity of the situation. It completely disregards the option of a global approach against terrorism which is implemented by: first, the management of immigration; second, measures against communalism, that is the self - segregation of ethnic groups; and third, an appropriate international policy. If we go on like this, we shall surely see more events like that of Paris and the one in Nice.“
We are at a shipping event, what are politicians doing for this sector?
“Now then, at the Front Nationale, we will organize a Collective of the Sea. In preparation for the 2017 presidential elections, I want to address all the issues regarding this sector, because France has enormous potential in the military, civil, and energy sectors. 25 years ago we were able to invest in nuclear power in a forward-thinking attitude, today we have to invest in the maritime sector “.
In the meantime this Saturday, you have the ballots for the elections of the seat left vacant by the socialist Pierre Moscovici, today’s European Commissioner of Economic Affairs. Small elections with a high symbolic value ...
“The UMP is out, we are head to head with the Socialist Party. I believe that rather than getting more votes for us, the party of Sarkozy is providing his supporters with reasons to vote for others. But for heaven’s sake, everyone is free to do what they want. I am just wondering if it makes any sense, given that the PS is not the opposition. Today Sarkozy’s position in his party is very weak, his group has already lost 25 people. It looks like a mutiny, if we are to use a maritime metaphor ... “.