Jean-Marie Le Pen
In 2002, he made international headlines by making it to the second round of the 2002 presidential elections.
In September 2008, he announced his intention to resign by 2010, 36 years after he founded the party, and supported his daughter to succeed him. With his party in steep decline both politically and financially, and his recent convictions for Holocaust denial, Le Pen has lost considerable power in recent years.
Comments on the French riots of 2005
- Le Pen described the ... violence as "just the start" of conflicts caused by "massive immigration from countries of the Third World that is threatening not just France but the whole continent."
- Le Pen said people with immigrant backgrounds who commit crimes should be stripped of their French nationality and sent "back to their country of origin."
- French nationality should be given only to those who ask for it and "who are worthy of it," he said. "Those who got nationality automatically, who don't consider themselves French and who even say publicly that they consider France their enemy should not be treated as French."
- Le Pen said he is convinced that what he described as a surge in support for his "zero immigration" platform would translate into votes at the ballot box for his National Front party.