Le Pen's National Front takes Joan of Arc as its mascot.
The French often describe Le Pen's nativist crusade with the peculiarly Anglo-Saxon word folklorique, and pure, defiant, uncorruptible, demonized, God-and-country Joan is the supreme totem of indigenous folk heroismmuch older and more sacred than the tricolor. The only glitch in the legend as it relates to Le Pen's purposes is that Joan went to the stake a virgin, and the Front wants Frenchwomen to breed.
Still, I was surprised that Le Pen felt misunderstood. He makes himself so clear. At one point, he asked me, "What do I have to do to not be racist? Marry a black woman?" Then he smiled, and added, "With AIDS, if possible?"