I am deeply suspicious of poujadists of any nationality: it's all too easy, and often unsavoury. Politics is about power, not protest. What vocal-minority party ever manoeuvred its way into a sustainable national-policy-dictating position ?
Marine le Pen, however, is still an elected politician which is more than can be said for Laura Kuenssberg, Le Pen's interrogator on Newsnight yesterday. Kuenssberg duly essayed the ill-mannered, interruptive, dumb-down style of Snow and Wark, under which legions of courteous American interviewees have suffered with restrained dignity. Le Pen was having none of it and replied calmly but firmly: Madame, you seem more interested in your own questions than in my replies.
Good for her: would that more politicos could find ways to put these self-important gits in their place. It is said that Ian Katz, the recently-installed editor of Newnight, bust the budget to get Kuenssberg as a replacement for Michael Crick. It's not a bargain.
Crick may be quirky but he actually breaks exclusive stories by actually doing *gasp* actual research. When Crick is rude, it's because he has caught someone with their pants around their ankles. No-one's heart will ever sink at the words "Laura Kuenssberg is in reception for you ..."