I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it.
Speaking in the talks show “Mots croisés” on French public TV France2 on 4 February, the leader of the far-right party Front National Marine Le Pen attacked French minister of economy Pierre Moscovici, a socialist, for tolerance vis-à-vis what she called “the real extreme right”.
Replying to Moscovici, who accused Le Pen of destroying France by fraternising with nationalist, xenophobic or separatist forces such as Italy’s Northern Ligue, the Dutch Party of Freedom (PVV) of Geert Wilders and the Flemish Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest, VB), Moscovici got a rebuke he apparently didn’t expect.
Le Pen hit back mentioning Ataka, the extremist party in Bulgaria thanks to which the Socialist-led minority government in Bulgaria survives. Sergei Stanishev, leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, is also leader of PES.
This is the transcript, but better watch the video from minute 1 hour,17 minutes and 20 seconds. It lasts 46 seconds.
Marine Le Pen: I am not destroying France through Europe as you do. I defend France.
Pierre Moscovici: You do it, with your friends from the North Ligue, with Geerd Wilders, you do it with do it with people from Vlaams Beland…
Marine Le Pen: How about Ataka? What do you think, Mr Moscovici? Mr. Calvi (the journalist moderator), do you know that the PES President, the Party of European Socialists who is Bulgarian, governs with the extreme right, the real extreme right, Ataka? You better sweep in front of your door and we can discuss. Sweep inside the PES! Sweep inside the PES! Sweep inside the PES!