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EU Parliament in French Utøya fracas. France’s Jean-Marie Le Pen had to be muffled following his outburst at Norwegian officials’ handling of Anders Behring Breivik’s Utøya massacre. A minute’s silence was held in the European Parliament, Wednesday, for the AUF victims of the July attacks. However, silence did not seem to be National Front member Le Pen’s speciality, who launched into an impassioned display of French temper. What sparked the tirade was criticism by Daniel Cohn-Bendit, leader of The Greens (Les Verts), for Le Pen’s linking of the killings on Utøya and in Oslo to immigration.

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EU Parliament in French Utøya fracas

Published on Thursday, 15th September, 2011 at 20:36 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last Updated on 15th September 2011 at 23:12.

France’s Jean-Marie Le Pen had to be muffled following his outburst at Norwegian officials’ handling of Anders Behring Breivik’s Utøya massacre.

Jean-Marie Le Pen
Jean-Marie Le Pen
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A minute’s silence was held in the European Parliament, Wednesday, for the AUF victims of the July attacks. However, silence did not seem to be National Front member Le Pen’s speciality, who launched into an impassioned display of French temper.

What sparked the tirade was criticism by Daniel Cohn-Bendit, leader of The Greens (Les Verts), for Le Pen’s linking of the killings on Utøya and in Oslo to immigration.

During his diatribe, Monsieur Le Pen called Cohn-Bendit a “pedofile”. He also referred to what he said earlier in the summer, when he claimed the government of Norway was unworldly about the perils of "mass immigration" and "terrorism", reports Le Figaro.

"I said that the Norwegian government was naive because he had not taken security measures, it took an hour and a half to the police to arrive on the scene (...) there wasn't a single policeman on the island. I say it's normal an MEP expresses his opinion about a government that is part of Europe.”

Efforts by President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek to calm Le Pen failed, and eventually the Frenchmen’s microphone had to be turned off.

“It’s as if the Bolsheviks are in here,” ranted Le Pen in closing.

Henrik Alexandersson of the Swedish Pirate Party told Aftenposten he thinks the National Front member’s fury was ignited by Cohn-Bendit believing Le Pen “is the symbol of the opinions that led to Utøya. I think I remember he [Cohn-Bendit] used the word fascist.”

Meanwhile, EU Domestic Commissioner Cecilia Malmström stated everyone is impressed with how the Norwegian Government and people have handled the massacre,” pointing out “Right Extremism is something we all must fight against.”



Published on Thursday, 15th September, 2011 at 20:36 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last updated on 15th September 2011 at 23:12.

This post has the following tags: jean-marielepen, utoeyaoutburst, europeanparliament, andersbehringbreivik.





  
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