Andrew Marr has come under fire for his interview with Marine Le Pen


On Sunday morning, The Andrew Marr Show aired an interview with the leader of France's far right National Front, the controversial politician Marine Le Pen.

Considering her politics and views, many people watching the show were deeply offended that the interview was being shown on Remembrance Sunday, seeing it as a slight to the memory of the dead.

There was also the view that the interview was unnecessarily giving a platform to what many see as Le Pen's fascist views.

On top of this, many people didn't think that Marr was as hard on Le Pen as he should have been.

In a statement acknowledging that some people were "offended and upset" by his piece with Le Pen, Marr defended the choice to air the interview on Remembrance Sunday.

He said in a video posted on Twitter: "Le Pen could, under some circumstances, become the next French president in the spring. This week, in the immediate aftermath of the Trump victory, she's declared that the whole world has changed, and that her brand of politics is on the march.

"What does that mean? In the end, we are a news programme, and I don't think the best way to honour the fallen is to fail to report the next big challenge to Western security."

However, this was not enough to placate many people, who still feel like the timing of the interview was poorly judged.

But others do agree with Marr that the big issues in the world today can't be ignored.

The show's editor, Rob Burley, posted a series of tweets further defending the decision to interview Le Pen.

He adds that this isn't the first time Le Pen has been given a platform on the BBC, but seems to be the first time there has been such public outcry.

Le Pen told the show there is not a "hair's breadth" between her party and Ukip, and it is "ridiculous" for Nigel Farage and others to pretend otherwise. She also said France was "full up" and should not let any more immigrants into the country.

Marine Le Pen
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But Suzanne Evans, who is running to be Ukip leader, distanced her party from Le Pen. Speaking on ITV's Peston On Sunday, Evans said: "I was appalled, she said France is full, we don't want any more immigrants. That is so far away from Ukip policy it is unimaginable.

"Our immigration policy is the same as Australia's - we want to welcome people in who can contribute to the country and we want to have a points-based system of immigration that is fair and treats all people equally. We are miles away from Le Pen."