French far-right leader to speak in Cambridge

Cambridge News | Tuesday, 12 February 2013 | Click here for original article

The leader of a far-right party and the editor of a broadsheet newspaper have been added to the Cambridge Union’s line-up.

Marine Le Pen MEP, leader of the French Front National and former French presidential candidate, will be speaking at the debating society at 4pm on Tuesday, February 19.

Also added to the union’s Lent term line-up is Alan Rusbridger, the editor of the Guardian newspaper since 1995, who started his career at the News.

Mme Le Pen will address the chamber on topics including the future of the European Union and French politics while Mr Rusbridger will address the chamber on the future of the press.

A spokesman for the Cambridge Union Society said they welcomed the opportunity to “discuss, debate and challenge” Mme Le Pen.

He said: “Whether you agree with her politics or not, this event represents one of the very few opportunities a British audience has had to directly engage with Mme Le Pen, who finished third in the last French presidential election, behind Hollande and Sarkozy, and currently sits in the European Parliament as a democratically elected representative.

“The Cambridge Union has a two-hundred year history of promoting the art of debating and free speech and this event is fundamentally in keeping with that tradition.”

Speaking of the other new event, the spokesman said: “Alan Rusbridger edits one of the most influential papers in our country and offers a unique insight into the future of the press in our country in the face of the Leveson Inquiry and the phone hacking scandal.”

Mr Rusbridger will appear at the union at 7.30pm on Tuesday, March 12.


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