“He is a jovial, personable man who revels in the attention journalists have been giving him during the unrest in France,” says staff writer Peter Ford, adding, “and he’s a past master at turning out quotable quotes.”

After weeks of unrest, tough anti-immigrant stances are resounding with a broader section of French voters.

By Peter Ford | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

ST. CLOUD, FRANCE – Through the antique binoculars in the study of his mansion in this plush Parisian suburb, Jean Marie Le Pen could almost see the fires burning in less favored districts surrounding the French capital. And the leader of France’s extreme-right National Front party says the recent wave of violence by mostly immigrant-descended youths has proved his antiforeigner stance right.
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