by Ryan Meehan
Rachel Marsden is a columnist, political strategist and former Fox News host based in Paris. She appears frequently on TV and in publications in the U.S. and abroad. Her website can be found at http://www.rachelmarsden.com, and she’s our guest today in 5 Questions.
FOH: Could you tell us a little bit about your upbringing in Vancouver? What was it that drew you to politics in the first place?
RM: Totally uneventful and normal Ozzie and Harriet upbringing. I’ve been making up for it ever since. Politics was the only place where adults could behave like children and make a princely living of it. That appealed to me.
FOH: What does it mean to you to be a Canadian conservative? What do you think that Americans envision your personality type as when they hear that term?
RM: It means that everyone I meet in France asks me if I know Celine Dion. And most Americans probably think I’m American.
FOH: How would you summarize your novel “American Bombshell”? How close to reality are a lot of the political sentiments discussed in that book?
RM: People can read the novel’s summary here, and also buy it and read it to decide that for themselves: http://www.amazon.com/American-Bombshell-Domestic-International-Invasion/dp/1466380969/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351189094&sr=8-1&keywords=american+bombshell+marsden
FOH: What events led to your departure from “Red Eye”? How would you describe your overall stint as a panelist on that show?
RM: What’s a “Red Eye”? You mean the midnight New Year’s Eve Toronto-to-Paris flight I took last year amid screaming babies of seemingly every African nationality in order to score a cheap fare?
FOH: There are a lot of conservatives in America who view the French as either neutral or stongly liberal when it comes to a lot of international issues of concern? Would you say that is accurate? How would you say that France views the United States when it comes to our handling of foreign policy?
RM: I don’t think Americans or the French think about each other too much.
FOH: What courses do you teach at the Paris Institute of Political Studies? Are there any courses that you would like to teach that but you haven’t had the opportunity to do so yet?
RM: My classes are full for next term so there’s no point advertising — sorry. 😦
FOH: What’s up next for you in 2013? Anything that we should be looking forward to?
RM: Some peace and quiet, hopefully.
Rachel’s Official Website: http://www.rachelmarsden.com
Rachel on Twitter: twitter.com/rachelmarsden
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