Jobbik and France's National Front: The difference could not be larger
France's National Front (FN) is a fervently anti-Islam, almost a Zionist organization. This is what Jobbik MP Márton Gyöngyösi says, emphasizing that his party is the flag-bearer of opening to the East and sees potential allies in countries that walk the path of traditionalism instead of "faithless liberalism."
"The difference between Jobbik and FN could not be larger. The French party is a fervently anti-Islam and pro-Israel, one could say almost a Zionist organization, while Jobbik is a flag-bearer of opening to the East, a friend of Azerbaijan and Turkey, is firmly anti-Zionist and opposes Israel's Middle East policy but advocates inter-religious peace." said Jobbik MP Márton Gyöngyösi to Hungarian daily Napi Gazdaság. The paper asked the vice chairman of the Hungarian National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee because they saw a "striking similarity" between France's National Front and "Jobbik's tactical approach shown recently" – referring to Jobbik's progress into a people's party and cutting off the "wildlings".
In Gyöngyösi's view however, any parallelism between the two parties is ab ovo an erroneous idea, any potential similarity of their strategies is purely coincidental. Márton Gyöngyösi states that there are no institutional relations between the two parties, there are only informal contacts. "Although French radical politician Bruno Gollnisch was a member of the Alliance of European National Movements, an organization initiated by Béla Kovács in the European Parliament, Front National left the group in 2013" said the Jobbik MP.
The politician emphasized that Jobbik considers all organizations as allies as long as they walk the path of traditionalism instead of "faithless liberalism."
"Our ideology and approach are hardly compatible with the anti-Islam attitude connecting Western radical parties from Italy's Northern League to France's National Front." added Márton Gyöngyösi.