Today was a FASCINATING day in international affairs. Not only did Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resign to call snap elections, but longtime French political blowhard (and also incidentally the founder and former leader of the National Front) was thrown out of the very party he founded – and by his daughter no less!
Frankly, this saga has been brewing for months and I don’t think this outcome is particularly astonishing. If anything, the most shocking part of this final limogeage is that it cemented Marine Le Pen’s portrait as a callous, ruthlessly ambitious politician.
Le Pen daughter’s desire to clean up her party is well known and tackling her father head on was certainly an effective way to highlight the differences of opinions between the two, particularly on controversial topics like race and religion. However, the way she went about it with public insults and ultimately firing her own father was indicative of a kind of arrogance that many will certainly find off putting. If anything, the fact that this public spat has been dragged out nearly 6 months has begun to irritate many in the French public.
Marine may think that she won the war, but at what cost? Her political credibility is likely hit, now it’s up to her and her considerable communication talent to mend the issue and demonstrate what the “new FN” will be under her leadership.