Far-right French politician tells Russian paper the West was behind the Charlie Hebdo attack

posted at 12:31 pm on January 18, 2015 by Noah Rothman

The godfather of the French right and the founder of the French Front National Party may be out of politics, but he is not out of the public spotlight. While he never held office higher than membership in the European Parliament and the French National Assembly, Jean-Marie Le Pen’s progeny seeks to succeed where he failed. And she may do just that; Marine Le Pen has repeatedly shown that she has the savvy and moderation that her father lacked. Her biggest obstacle to advancing in French politics may be the fact that her dad just won’t stop talking. Sound familiar? It should.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France’s leading right-leaning party, recently told a pro-Putin Russian newspaper exactly what they wanted to hear: The West’s intelligence agencies, and not radical Islamist terrorism, were responsible for the attack on the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Via The Independent:
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In an interview with a virulently anti-Western Russian newspaper, Mr Le Pen, 86, gave credence to conspiracy theories circulating on the internet suggesting that the attack was the work of American or Israeli agents seeking to foment a civil war between Islam and the West.

His comments – only partially retracted in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde today – provoked outrage amongst French politicians. They will also infuriate Marine Le Pen, his daughter, and successor as leader of the FN, who has been trying to distance the party from her father’s extreme and provocative remarks.

“The shooting at Charlie Hebdo resembles a secret service operation but we have no proof of that,” the newspaper quoted Mr Le Pen as saying. “I don’t think it was organised by the French authorities but they permitted this crime to be committed. That, for the moment, is just a supposition.”

In the Le Monde interview, Le Pen repeated his claim that it was just too convenient for one of the Kouachi brothers to leave his identity card in a getaway car. He said that he could not recall, however, blaming the attack on American and Israeli intelligence agencies.

Surely, Le Pen was just asking questions. That’s precisely what former Rep. Ron Paul was doing when he was asked to explain why the institute that bears his name published a report also claiming that the Charlie Hebdo attack bore “many of the characteristics” of a “false flag” operation.

When asked point-blank if he agreed with the assertion that the attacks in Paris were actually the work of Western intelligence agencies, Paul said he did not. He told a NewsMax host that the author who inferred Western complicity in the attacks, Paul Craig Roberts, was only asking pointed questions about the terrorist assaults in Paris. Questions that Paul enthusiastically repeated:

I think he wanted a discussion and he has some really good things in there. It’s a shame the media doesn’t pick up and say, ‘Hey, you know, what about this chief investigator of the event who committed suicide right in the middle of it.’ I have no idea what’s going on there but that, to me, is big stuff.

Paul Craig Roberts is determined to get truth out and to get people to listen and pay attention. The people in this country have lost a lot of confidence in governments, per se, including our own. We have been trying to get all the answers on Benghazi and of course Fast and Furious was a scandal. Nobody believes those answers. 80 percent of the American people don’t even believe the Kennedy Commission on who killed [John F.] Kennedy.

Then, of course, we have Rahm Emanuel, who says don’t ever let an emergency go to waste. I think this is part of what’s going on there that this is a design to restructure and reorient people on foreign policy. I think that is what’s going on.

Paul added that, while it is “news” and a “problem” that 17 civilians were killed in Paris by terrorists, he was disturbed that the fact that the revelation that 50 civilians may have been killed by a coalition airstrike in Syria in late December did not garner as much attention in the Western press.

Much like Marine Le Pen, Sen. Rand Paul’s biggest obstacle to holding office is his father. Like Rand Paul, Le Pen shares many of her father’s views on foreign affairs but can articulate them in a fashion that is both reasonable and compelling. Also like Ran Paul, Le Pen is unlikely to advance farther in French politics than she already has so long as her father keeps talking.

Rand Paul shares his father’s suspicions of America’s hands-on approach to foreign affairs challenges and, if he had is way as president, would embark on a campaign of retrenchment and disengagement. In that project, Paul would have the support of millions of Americans – possibly even a majority — who believe that this would be a productive course of action. But so long as Ron Paul continues to blame the West for virtually all foreign aggression, ranging from Islamist terrorism to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, American’s won’t trust Rand Paul to serve as a capable manager of America’s foreign affairs.


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Star Bird on January 18, 2015 at 4:01 PM

Let’s make a lit of what they believed.

German exceptionalism

It denounced foreigners, foreign ideas and declared that Jews, national minorities, Catholics, and Freemasons were “traitors to the nation” and unworthy of inclusion (Constructing Modern Identities: Jewish University Students in Germany, 1815–1914. Detroit, Michigan, USA: Wayne State University Press, 1999. p. 86.)

Neglect of tradition and decay of morals

White supremacy

Nationalism

Excluding women from the political process

(that’s a start, show me how that jives with left politics of 1910-1939?)

Walter L. Newton on January 18, 2015 at 4:13 PM

And I’m talking about European left/right politics. Not filtering left/right through how we see those various ideologies.

Walter L. Newton on January 18, 2015 at 4:14 PM

German exceptionalism

This represents a misunderstanding of both German nationalism or supremacy, and the concept of American Exceptionalism.

Leftists often parrot, “because we’re just so darned exceptional!” This of course is yet another indication of the misunderstanding of what American Exceptionalism actually is.

Throughout the 6,000 years of recorded human history, men have generally always lived in the service to the state. A person was generally obligated to live in service to some liege or lord. That was the rule. In America however, fir the first time in human history, a person did not have to live sole in service of the state. Rather, they could pursue their own individual interests. Thus, America was the exception to the rule; hence American Exceptionalism.

American Expectionalism has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with being better than anyone else. So the professors handing you that bit of wisdom are either outright lying to you, or simply don’t know any better themselves.

German exceptionalism, was the notion that ancestral Germans, descended from the mythical Aryan race from Atlantis or Agharta as laid out by the Spiritualist medium Madame Blavatsky, were entitled to world domination based on some notion of genetic supremacy. Essentially what this boiled down to was the NAZIS claiming ownership over Germany because their “indigenous” ancestors originally owned the land. What does this sound eerily similar to?

Next lesson to come…

Star Bird on January 18, 2015 at 4:25 PM

It denounced foreigners, foreign ideas and declared that Jews, national minorities, Catholics, and Freemasons were “traitors to the nation” and unworthy of inclusion (Constructing Modern Identities: Jewish University Students in Germany, 1815–1914. Detroit, Michigan, USA: Wayne State University Press, 1999. p. 86.)

The problem you’re having here is that no one on the right in America is denouncing foreigners and/or foreign ideas. In fact, I openly defy you to produce an exact quote of anyone of meritorious character who has. Rather, this is an empty claim that has no relationship to reality.

What folks right of center have said, is that they want our borders defended and an immigration law enforced. This is entirely different and separate from denouncing foreigners and foreign ideas.

Lesson 3 to come…

Star Bird on January 18, 2015 at 4:28 PM

Nationalism

Define nationalism please.

Star Bird on January 18, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 18, 2015 at 2:36 PM

Keep talking, guy. The more you talk, the more you marginalize yourself with your inane conspiracies.

thebrokenrattle on January 18, 2015 at 4:32 PM

Excluding women from the political process

(that’s a start, show me how that jives with left politics of 1910-1939?)

Walter L. Newton on January 18, 2015 at 4:13 PM

Remember, no one on the right has done that.

Rather, it could be considered that this is what the American left does, considering that the White House and the Democratic party as a whole pay women less than men.

And of course you have the leftist passion for pseudoscience (eugenics, see Margaret Sanger) and their characteristic euthanasia enthusiasts (See IPAB, Death Panels, Larry Grathwohl).

Now, shouldn’t you also be parroting some nonsense about how Hitler killed the unions and that the Nazis prohibited abortion?

If you do, I promise to teach you the other half of those things.

Star Bird on January 18, 2015 at 4:37 PM

For decades, political scientists have piously explained to us that the Nazis were “right wing” but the Soviets were “left wing.”

Which makes it easy for the left to call conservatives Nazis. . .

Kraken on January 18, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Yes, but I meant that the difference between the Right in the US and the Right in Europe was not a big deal.

In my comment, only after that sentence did I bring up the corruption of the terms Left and Right by 20th-century professors. Their Orwellian corruption of the language is a big deal just as you say, and I agree.

Emperor Norton on January 18, 2015 at 4:46 PM

Yes, but I meant that the difference between the Right in the US and the Right in Europe was not a big deal.

If you mean from the perspective of the left, then we agree: it makes it easy to demonize. In that case, I apologize for not picking up the nuance.

Kraken on January 18, 2015 at 4:51 PM

Leftists teaching youth is the direct equivalent of the blind leading the blind.

Star Bird on January 18, 2015 at 5:23 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 18, 2015 at 2:36 PM

Keep talking, guy. The more you talk, the more you marginalize yourself with your inane conspiracies.

thebrokenrattle on January 18, 2015 at 4:32 PM

Tell me what upsets you about all this. I can guess. But I’m getting too old to accept fairy tales simply because they fit into my notions of how America should be.

And I’m not attacking our ideals as Americans (Founding Fathers, Declaration of Independence, the Constitution), nor America in general being bad-quite the contrary, but about those who I believe are and have been traitors. I believe that Jeffersonian Democracy coupled with a (true) free enterprise captialist system is the best and insures the greatest amount of Liberty.

I voted for President Bush, and don’t regret it. I believe that Saddam really had WMD…the evidence is still turning up. I believe Obama sucks and is doing much to kill this country.

So now that I’ve given you the Conservative version of the Apostle’s Creed, what is you that you have a problem with me about?

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 18, 2015 at 5:30 PM

German exceptionalism

Incidentally, the phrase German exceptionalism never actually existed intl recent modern times, when clueless professors attempted to link the concept of American Exceptionalism which none of them understand, with Nazi German.

Star Bird on January 18, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Also like Ran Paul,

As soon as I saw this, I knew which bumbling fool wrote this thread.

bw222 on January 18, 2015 at 5:44 PM

White supremacy

Oh, I missed this gem.

Well, let’s see what known eugenicist and founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, has to say about cleansing society of undesirables.

Star Bird on January 18, 2015 at 5:47 PM

Bueller?

Star Bird on January 18, 2015 at 7:23 PM

When asked point-blank if he agreed with the assertion that the attacks in Pairs were actually the work of Western intelligence agencies, Paul said he did not.

Because Noah.

2lbsTest on January 18, 2015 at 7:39 PM

Le Pen is A LEFTIST.

Really? Do we have to put up with this “right-wing” nonsense even at HA?

Clark1 on January 18, 2015 at 7:50 PM

European national socialism, Putin and Paulian “libertarianism”.

Three things that American Conservatives should avoid like the plague.

Norwegian on January 18, 2015 at 9:34 PM

That narrative, monsieur, is pretty dippy flippy.

J.B. Say on January 18, 2015 at 10:48 PM

Have the Redskins changed their name yet?

Galtian on January 18, 2015 at 10:49 PM

If there’s one group in American politics I dislike more than leftists, it’s Goddamn conspiracy nutters. Truthers, Birthers, JFK’ers, Protocols of the Elders of Zion superfans, they can all go straight to Hell.

They are the most obtuse, ignorant lot in the Body Politic, yet they fancy themselves as deductive geniuses who are able to peer through the “official” stories and divine The Truth that the oblivious masses miss. I’ve never seen such unaccountable hubris that is so monumentally undeserved.

Occam’s Razor baby, Occam’s Razor.

Lamont Cranston on January 19, 2015 at 12:16 AM

If there’s one group in American politics I dislike more than leftists, it’s Goddamn conspiracy nutters. Truthers, Birthers, JFK’ers, Protocols of the Elders of Zion superfans, they can all go straight to Hell.

They are the most obtuse, ignorant lot in the Body Politic, yet they fancy themselves as deductive geniuses who are able to peer through the “official” stories and divine The Truth that the oblivious masses miss. I’ve never seen such unaccountable hubris that is so monumentally undeserved.

Occam’s Razor baby.

Lamont Cranston on January 19, 2015 at 12:17 AM

Welp, obviously my above comment was so important they decided to post it twice.

Lamont Cranston on January 19, 2015 at 12:56 AM

There may not be evidence that the Paris attacks were carried out by a Western government, but if you don’t believe that your government is capable of such an act then you’re extremely naive.

whoishe on January 19, 2015 at 1:40 AM

If there’s one group in American politics I dislike more than leftists, it’s Goddamn conspiracy nutters. Truthers, Birthers, JFK’ers, Protocols of the Elders of Zion superfans, they can all go straight to Hell.

Lamont Cranston on January 19, 2015 at 12:17 AM

You forgot the moon landing hoaxers. What do they call those people?

Star Bird on January 19, 2015 at 8:53 AM

Testing.

Emperor Norton on January 19, 2015 at 12:33 PM

It was the evil Joooooooooos!

Ward Cleaver on January 19, 2015 at 12:41 PM

There may not be evidence that the Paris attacks were carried out by a Western government, but if you don’t believe that your government is capable of such an act then you’re extremely naive.

whoishe on January 19, 2015 at 1:40 AM

They’re not naive. They simply choose to believe in what gives them the most comfort. I don’t fault them for that. It’s human nature. It’s also human nature to lash out at those who they perceive as being different. It’s a tribal-group thing we’ve all seen from the playgrounds as kids on up through adulthood.

If you love America, you also have to love its myths as generated by Hollywood and the others that specialize in weaving fairy tales into palpable realities for us Proles. If you dare question any of these concocted realities, the hens will peck your eyes out.

So, shut up, go along with the herd, give up more of your wealth to our betters in Washington and the banks. Because someday soon Obama will be out of office and the Tea Party will be running everything, and you’ll be refunded your hard-earned money, and Justice and Truth will prevail once again as in the days of old.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 19, 2015 at 2:13 PM

Kook. When a country’s far right leader makes claims like this it means he is a far left plant installed to discredit the far right party. Deft play Hollende.

jake49 on January 19, 2015 at 5:37 PM

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France’s leading right-leaning party, recently told a pro-Putin Russian newspaper exactly what they wanted to hear: The West’s intelligence agencies, and not radical Islamist terrorism, were responsible for the attack on the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

The Front National party, which was founded by Jean-Marie Le Pen, is NOT France’s leading right-leaning party, when it only gets about 15% of the vote in most French elections. The leading right-leaning party in France is Union pour un Movement Populaire (UMP), which was formed in 1998 by a fusion of Jacques Chirac’s RPR (Rassemblement pour la Republique) and Valery Giscard d’Estaing’s UDF (Union de la Democratie Francaise), which usually gets 35 – 45% of the vote in national elections. Due to France’s runoff system for seats in Parliament and Presidential elections, UMP candidates can win election when FN voters vote for UMP candidates in the runoff.

Jean-Marie Le Pen’s views have often been described as racist (anti-Arab) by the mainstream (leftist) French press, in its attempt to divide conservatives. The UMP takes positions that are economically conservative (low taxes, free enterprise) but not for or against any race, in order not to be demonized by the left. Jean-Marie Le Pen’s daughter Marine Le Pen has tried to moderate the FN, but terrorist attacks by Muslims reinforce the elder Le Pen’s philosophy of “qu’ils rentrent chez eux” (Arabs go home).

Rand Paul and Marine Le Pen probably agree on one thing: STFU, Dad!

Steve Z on January 19, 2015 at 6:15 PM