Saturday, 7 January 2012



Some 200 members of France’s main far-right party rallied around a statue of Joan of Arc to celebrate the medieval martyr's 600th birthday on Saturday, with National Front leaders hinting that President Nicolas Sarkozy’s tribute had been insincere.

The father and daughter behind France’s main far-right party have taken aim at conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy for what they called his insincere tribute to Joan of Arc.

The nationalist National Front party of Jean-Marie and Marine Le Pen has in recent years rallied around the medieval French heroine and Catholic martyr who was burned at the stake by the English in 1431.

At a rally Saturday that drew a crowd of about 200 near a gilded Joan of Arc statue in Paris, Marine Le Pen said she welcomed Sarkozy’s speech honoring Joan a day earlier - but hinted that he was being insincere.

France is celebrating the 600th anniversary of Joan’s birth in eastern France on Jan. 6, 1412 - and she has been drawn into the race for the French presidency that culminates in elections this spring.
Source: France24

If you can understand French, there's a video of the Marine Le Pen event here.

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