Naturally, the Establishment is panicked:
the Speaker of the European Parliament has ordered a fraud investigation, accusing the National Front of siphoning off the assistants’ salaries to finance its political campaigns in France.
National Front leader Marine Le Pen simply shrugged off the charges as political hatchet jobs ordered by the French Socialist prime minister.
As a defence, it’s thin, but apparently enough as the French electorate seems quite indifferent to the charges: last week the National Front picked up 25 per cent of the vote, its highest score ever in local elections.
One reason for the public’s indifference may be that the French public believes that all politicians are guilty of similar misbehaviour.
No doubt. The voters are smarter than the Establishment wishes.
They know the E.U.’s actions are politically motivated, and don’t buy into them.
In two years all the ministerial jobs will be up for grabs.
The nightmare scenario for many mainstream politicians is that in an atmosphere of a pox on all their houses, the National Front might be in the running for many of them, including the top job of all — president of France.
Great! Vive la France!