National Front Leader Jean-Marie Le Pen creates controversy in Marseille

Announcing his intention to present himself in the 2010 regional elections in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen made several “shocking” statements. He claimed that “mass immigration takes the form of an actual colonization.” He added that while today there are 300,000 Muslims in Marseille, when there will be 800,000, the mayor will no longer be called Gaudin (Jean-Claude Gaudin has been mayor of Marseille since 1995), but “Ben Gaudin.”

The CFCM (French Council of the Muslim Faith) responded, calling Le Pen’s statement “shocking” which was a sad reminder “of the anti-Semitic and xenophobic positions of the leader of the extreme right.”

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