If Marine Le Pen wins the upcoming Presidential elections in France, it will shock the world, much like the world was amazed to see Donald Trump becoming the new US president.
The two right-wing leaders appear to be in the same boat as both have a conservative populist worldview and they both display strong anti-immigration and anti-refugee sentiments.
The statements made by two leaders on domestic and international affairs reveal striking similarity between the two.
Let's take a look at some of the political statements made by US President Donald Trump and France's Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.
Both Trump and Le Pen have shown dislike for Muslim immigrants.
Trump: In December 2015, Donald Trump after the San Bernardino shootings called for a "Total and complete shutdown of Muslims" entering the United States until " Our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on." He asserted, "We have no choice. We have no choice. We have no choice."
Le Pen: In November 2015 she had called for "..an immediate end to all reception of migrants in France and an immediate end to their dispersal in the municipalities of France, both villages and town." Expressing security concerns of the French, following the news that one of the Paris attackers entered Europe as a migrant, she had stated, "The security of the French people renders this precaution pressing."
As followers of the Christian faith, both candidates during their election campaigning days projected themselves as torchbearers of the values of Christianity and representative of the Christians.
Trump: "I will be the greatest representative of the Christians that they've had in a long time," said Trump in June 2015.
Le Pen: Much earlier in April 2012, Le Pen invoked Christian values and said, "Liberty, equality, fraternity are Christian values! France can be secular because it has Christian culture."
Invoking patriotism among people of their countries, the two politicians called for making their countries great again in their own styles.
Trump: In June 2015, Trump said, "Sadly, the American dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before, and we will make America great again."
Le Pen: Comparing French patriotism with that of the US, Len Pen remarked in April 2015, "There's something I will say: In the US, people are very patriotic. Their patriotism is obvious. In France, for many years, you had to fight to be patriotic. People are pushing us from loving our own country."
On most important of all domestic issues, both Trump and Le Pen have managed to garner support because of the haunting unemployment crisis in both the countries.
Trump: Harping on a `bring back' syndrome, Trump had said in June 2015," I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created. I tell you that. I'll bring back our jobs from China, from Mexico, from Japan, from so many places. I'll bring back our jobs, and I'll bring back our money."
Le Pen: Four months later, Le Pen, in October 2015, said, "Only the Front National plans to give back to France those essential weapons [such as control of its national budget and borders] to help it fight in a globalised world and achieve innovation and re-industrialisation."
Trump: Trump had said in June 2015, "When Mexico sends its people; they're not sending the best. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us [sic]. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
Le Pen: Le Pen was no less is instilling the fear of the immigrants among the French people. She said in May 2012, "Would you accept 12 illegal immigrants moving into your flat? You would not. On top of that, they start to remove the wallpaper. Some of them would steal your wallet and brutalise your wife. You would not accept that. Consequently, we are welcoming, but we decide who we are welcoming."
While both Trump and Le Pen were critical of globalisation, they had different ways of targeting it.
Trump: In June 2015, Trump said, "I'm a free-trader. But the problem with free trade is you need really talented people to negotiate for you… Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people, but we have people that are stupid. We have people that aren't smart. And we have people that are controlled by special interests. And it's just not going to work."
Le Pen: Calling globalisation "totalitarian", Le Pen in April 2015 said, "Danger number one is two-faced. One is Islamic fundamentalism, which is a kind of totalitarianism in the 21st Century. The second is globalisation, which is another kind of totalitarianism, the ideology of free business with no boundaries."
Their views on Islamic State are similar.
Trump: In June 2015, Donald Trump in defining his fight against ISIS and Islamic terrorism, said, "Nobody would be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump. Nobody. I will find - within our military - I will find the General Patton, or I will find General MacArthur. I will find the right guy. I will find the guy that's going to take that military and make it really work. Nobody, nobody will be pushing us around."
Le Pen: Le Pen followed suit in October 2015, when she said, "Bashar al-Assad leads Syria today, he leads an army, there is no other way if one wants to eradicate Islamic State than to join a large coalition including Bashar al-Assad… If I were President I would have done it three years ago."
Undermining the threat posed by climate change, both leaders have rebuffed the claims of experts on depleting ozone layer, global warming and other such related environmental disasters.
Trump: Taking on his predecessor Barack Obama, Donald Trump had in September 2015, said, "Obama thinks it's the number one problem of the world today. And I think it's very low on the list. So I am not a believer, and I will - unless somebody can prove something to me - I believe there's weather. I believe there's change, and I believe it goes up, and it goes down, and it goes up again."
Le Pen: In a similar tone, Le Pen in February 2012 said, "I am not sure that human activity is the principal origin of this phenomenon."
Calling the current times in Iraq, "the worst" Trump and Le Pen talked about Saddam era.
Trump: In October 2015, Trump said, "People are getting their heads chopped off, they're being drowned. Right now, they are far worse than they were, ever, under Saddam Hussein or Gaddafi"
Le Pen: Le Pen, too, in February 2015 had linked the chaos in Iraq with the fall of Saddam Hussein, which she said had become to the home of jihadism.
Whatever be the result of the French elections in May 2017, the similarities between the two right-wing politicians cannot be denied. Let's wait and see, if France too will go the American way or will it take a different route altogether by electing Emanuel Macron, who seems to be leading the primaries at present.