While the rest of Europe recoils in horror, at least one person will be pleased by the record performance of the far right National Front in French presidential election – and they’re a columnist for the Daily Mail.
Seduced, supposedly, by Marine Le Pen’s Euroscepticism, Richard Waghorne penned a puff piece in January in which the strident racism and holocaust denial of her Le Pen’s father Jean-Marie, who preceded her as National Front leader, are euphemistically referred to as “drawbacks”.
“it is becoming steadily more obvious that Marine Le Pen’s role in French public life is not merely legitimate but increasingly necessary.”
But Waghorne went further than this on Friday – with an article including a categoric endorsement:
“In present circumstances, given present choices, the only responsible vote in France next Sunday is a vote for Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s National Front.”
This from a newspaper which, errr, supported Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler.