the essential Against the “enslavement” of the EU and the “migratory submersion”, Marine Le Pen joined forces on Tuesday in Budapest with the Hungarian ultraconservative leader Viktor Orban, on the occasion of their first tête-à-tête.
Police escort, red carpet, small committee lunch and “official” press conference: Marine Le Pen said she was “honored” by the welcome that Mr. Orban gave her at the Carmelite monastery, today the Prime Minister’s office. Minister, overlooking the Danube. Éric Zemmour had only had the right to a private interview.
Threatened to be dismissed from the first round of the presidential election in April 2022 according to some recent polls, Marine Le Pen has sought to establish her stature by appearing alongside the Prime Minister Hungarian minister, defender of “illiberal” values in Europe.
Asked about the upcoming ballot, Viktor Orban however refrained from “taking a position”, “the decision being up to the French people”.
The “ideological brutality” of the ‘European Union
In front of the press, both hammered out their sovereignist message, a few months away from delicate national elections for her, very close for him.
In unison with Mr. Orban, Marine Le Pen strongly criticized the “ideological brutality” of the European Union, refusing any principle of primacy of European law in reference to the recent Polish standoff.
And to castigate a “centralized power in Brussels intoxicated with its own existence, its power and its omnipotence”, a “will to enslave” the European Union.
In this context, the two sovereignist figures advocated an alliance of nations.
Mr Orban, whose party left the EPP (right) group in the European Parliament in March, explained that he was “looking for partners to cooperate in this new era”. And Marine Le Pen’s camp is “unmissable”, he said, praising her unwavering “support” over the years.
Regarding this alliance of nations, however, the visit did not give rise to any concrete announcement.
“I think that as long as the patriotic and sovereignist forces are not allied within the European Parliament, they obviously have less weight than if we manage to constitute this large group that we have been calling for a certain number of times already” , she then insisted in front of the press.
The subject has hardly advanced since the publication, in July, of a “joint declaration” between the candidate of the RN and about fifteen allies in Europe, including the Hungarian Prime Minister.
The “scourge” of immigration
In the meantime, Marine Le Pen has taken care to erase the differences, instead highlighting the “immigration issue”, dear to the two officials.
It has thus crushed “this scourge from which our nations must imperatively protect themselves” and the “migratory flooding that the EU wants to organize”. On the rest, Mr. Orban is, like Eric Zemmour and Marion Maréchal, more liberal economically, and more conservative in terms of societal values than Marine Le Pen.
An ideological proximity displayed by the trio at the end of September, quick to brandish the “great replacement theory” (conspiracy theory of a replacement of the European population by an immigrant population, Editor’s note) on the stage of a “demographic summit” in Budapest.
Similarly, they do not hesitate to stir up the propaganda of the “LGBT + lobby”.
But the RN candidate refused to criticize the recent Hungarian law prohibiting “the promotion and representation of homosexuality” among children under 18.
“I’m not looking for clones,” she said. “As I am fundamentally attached to the sovereignty of each of the nations, it would not occur to me to come and give lessons to the Hungarian people”.
Six months before the presidential election, these differences appear secondary with regard to her “need to boost her own image”, and “to tell this electorate tempted by Eric Zemmour that question of authoritarianism, it also has some stripes”, comments the historian Nicolas Lebourg, author of an essay on “Extreme rights in Europe”.