In an interview with Swiss newspaper Le Matin on Wednesday, the 77-year-old actor said France had been a different country under former presidents Charles de Gaulle and Francois Mitterrand and that people were hungry for change: “This is why the National Front …. has a very important role and I approve of this, I encourage it and I fully understand it.”
He added that for the first time the party was not alone and had the backing of French people.
Delon’s comments follow electoral success for the FN on Sunday in a local by-election where it came top with almost 50 per cent of the vote.
In a text message sent to a popular evening news programme on Wednesday, Anthony Delon said his father’s comments were “worrying” and should have been kept to himself: “He is an actor, he would be better off making films, more in the model of Clint Eastwood, than getting involved in politics.”
Alain Delon has never hidden his sympathy for the party previously led by Marine Le Pen’s father Jean-Marie Le Pen. In 2003, he admitted his friendship with the former FN leader went back 30 years, but said he had never voted for the party. “I have never voted for the extreme right,” he explained in an interview on French national television. “There are things in his agenda that I like and others that I don’t.”
At the end of September, Alain Delon again made headlines when he said on national television that homosexuality was against nature. At the time, Anthony Delon dismissed his father’s comments saying that he makes a major gaff every fifteen years,