Dutch politician Geert Wilders on Thursday dismissed a comment by his political ally Jean-Marie Le Pen that the ebola virus could address Europe’s immigration problem.
At a cocktail party before an election rally in Marseille on Tuesday evening in which the FN is leading the polls in France, Le Pen spoke of the “demographic explosion” in the world.
“Monseigneur Ebola could sort that out in three months,” he said in front of journalists.
“I think it was a silly remark,” the platinum-haired Dutch anti-immigration politician said shortly after casting his ballot in European parliamentary elections in a Hague suburb.
The quote was widely picked up by French media to embarrass Marine Le Pen, the current head of the FN.
Wilders reminded journalists that Marine Le Pen was in charge of the FN.
Jean-Marie Le Pen on Wednesday downplayed the comment. He is the honorary president of the National Front and is standing in this week’s European parliamentary elections.
Mr Le Pen, who will celebrate his 86th birthday on 20 June, said he did not see “how it is possible to argue about this.” “I say France must prepare itself for a shock, for a flood of migration caused by the ongoing growth of the world’s population,” the politician said.
Le Pen said later he wasn’t calling for an epidemic; his daughter’s chief of staff said his words had been misinterpreted.
Wilders and Le Pen late last year announced a historic alliance to fight the European elections and form a bloc in Brussels.
In developing her anti-euro platform, Marine Le Pen has also exchanged notes with Matteo Salvini of Italy’s Northern League.
British anti-EU and anti-immigration leader Nigel Farage, who leads the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has ruled out joining the group though, saying the FN was too tainted by “anti-Semitism”.
In the Czech Republic the Workers’ Party (DS) and National Party (NS) have stood up for Mr Le Pen on their official websites. Czech voters will be electing new MEPs this coming Friday and Saturday.
Voters among the more than 380 million Europeans in 28 countries will choose a total of 751 new MEPs.
Le Pen unknowingly joins Paul Ehrlich’s predictions. Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist famous for his book “The Population Bomb,” doubled down on his climate change and overpopulation fears with HuffPost Live on May 21.
Ehrlich’s co-author Michael Tobias praised Ehrlich’s older predictions and said they underestimated the problem.
Ehrlich told the interviewer humans must soon begin contemplating “eat[ing] the bodies of your dead” after resources are depleted.
Ehrlich claimed that scarcity of resources will get so bad that humans will need to drastically change our eating habits and agriculture. Instead, we will soon begin asking “is it perfectly okay to eat the bodies of your dead because we’re all so hungry?” He added that humanity is “moving in that direction with a ridiculous speed.”