Sunday, December 6, 2015

Le Pen — Mightier than....?

Women in politics. I have mixed feelings. As a general rule of thumb, I think you can say that the percentage of women with the combination of characteristics that make for being good politicians is pretty low in comparison to men. And among them, the percentage with good executive characteristics is even lower.

And that seems to be true world-wide, not just in the US. And, because of the low percentage, the rise of women to being a country's CEO is going to be rare and random. In other words, Margaret Thatchers only come around rarely. Speaking of Margaret Thatcher, it's well to remember that she was a female executive, not a feminist executive. She was not surrounded by ditzy female feminist advisors like Hillary is, and Obama is, for that matter.

Anyhow, the randomness of the thing has resulted int he rise of Marine Le Pen, daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, to be head of the National Front of France, a country that, if memory serves, has traditionally not had much in the way of female politicians.

And now, upsetting our statistical expectations even more, we have old Jean-Marie's granddaughter, and niece of Marine, popping up to astound us. This from the Telegraph [link]:

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen: the new wonder-girl of France's far-right

The niece of Marine Le Pen won her first election at the age of 22 and trounced a former prime minister, Alain Juppe, in a televised debate

She is the new girl wonder of the French far right, a glamorous 25-year-old poised to break down many mainstream conservatives’ qualms about casting their vote for the Front National. 
Since she was elected the youngest MP in French parliamentary history, aged 22 three years ago, while a second year Sorbonne law student, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, niece of Front President Marine and grand-daughter of its obstreperous founder Jean-Marie, has had the fastest learning curve in French politics since Bonaparte’s. 
On Sunday, buoyed by the shock of the Nov 13 Islamic shootings in Paris, the list she heads is widely expected to come in first in the Provence-Côte d’Azur region, with polls giving her some 40 per cent of the vote. Even if the third-ranking Socialists drop out of the race to favour her Gaullist opponent in next Sunday’s runoff, Marion, as she’s known, has the most chances to swing into office, giving the Front National a shot at ruling one of France’s most dynamic regions, and the second most populous after Paris. 
Her aunt may well lead a Front victory in the North, a depressed region with high unemployment, little prospects for development, and bleak cities like Roubaix and Tourcoing, the French answers to Bradford in terms of a tense ethnic mix. The last authorised polls before Sunday’s vote even gave a lead to the FN in six out of 13 French regions, although this is not expected to translate into many actual victories.

1 comment:

  1. France seems to be moving back to good old fascism again. With Charlie Hebdo and now Paris the people have had enough. They are fed up and tired with weak liberals who refuse to commit to action and at times are the problem themselves such as letting Muslim immigrants in. Expect the NF to be very much relevant in the next French election.