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The Morning After

Share the post "The Morning After" The 2021 regionals are history. What to make of the results? First, the vast majority of voters continued to abstain. Second, Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National suffered a severe setback. The RN list in PACA, led by Thierry Mariani, did not merely lose; it was crushed, tallying 14 points less than the Republican-LREM coalition led by Renaud Muselier. In Hauts-de-France, moreover, Sébastien Chenu lost by 24 points. In short, a...

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Has Le Pen Peaked?

Share the post "Has Le Pen Peaked?" The Guardian asked me to comment on last Sunday’s election. You can read the article here. Of course, the RN could still take PACA next Sunday, but the idea that a repeat of the 2017 Macron-Le Pen confrontation is inevitable has been called into question. Tags: Emmanuel Macron, Elections, Rassemblement National Share the post "Has Le Pen Peaked?"

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The Right Fractures

Share the post "The Right Fractures" The warning signs have been present for some time. Les Républicains are on the verge of a crackup. Caught between Macron’s LRM and Le Pen’s RN, the party’s electoral space has been shrinking. Without a strong leader to hold together its authoritarian nationalist and technocratic-managerial wings, it finds itself rudderless as its erstwhile supporters and cadre jump overboard one after another. Petty chieftains out to save their own...

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MayDay: A Study in Contrasts

Share the post "MayDay: A Study in Contrasts" May Day in France is always marked by two starkly contrasting events: a march by trade unions commemorating the history of the trade union movement, and a speech by the leader of the Rassemblement National (previously the Front National) at the statue of Joan of Arc in the Place des Pyramides. This year, the contrast was particularly stark. The labor march degenerated into chaos, Elements of the CGT came under attack...

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The Re-Demonization of the Rassemblement National

Share the post "The Re-Demonization of the Rassemblement National" Over the past decade, since taking over control of the Front National from her father, Marine Le Pen has successfully moved the party, now renamed Rassemblement National, into contention for the presidency. Her strategy has been dubbed one of “de-demonization” (dédiabolisation in French) but might be better described as a transformation of religious, racial, and xenophobic prejudice from the plane of...

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How the Rassemblement National is using local government to ‘mainstream’

Despite making significant electoral gains over the past decade, the French Rassemblement National remains excluded from power due to its extremist reputation. Examining its showcase town of Hénin-Beaumont, Fred Paxton and Timothy Peace show how the party is using the local level of government to ‘mainstream’ and project a more competent, government-ready image. Populist radical right parties are increasingly in positions of power, inspiring much scholarly interest into the mainstreaming...

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Raphaël Enthoven

Share the post "Raphaël Enthoven" Raphaël Enthoven was invited to address Marion Maréchal Le Pen’s nascent movement/party/LePenist fifth-column within the far right–whatever you want to call it. He took the occasion to challenge the New Right to its face. Alexander Hurst translated his remarks, which you can read here. Thanks to Alexander for calling this to my attention. Tags: Far right, Rassemblement National, Enthoven Share the post "Raphaël Enthoven"...

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Marine Le Pen’s New Look

Share the post "Marine Le Pen’s New Look" Detest her politics as one must, one also has to admire the way Marine Le Pen has played her cards. After her disastrous performance in the final presidential debate, she seemed to have no cards left. Rather than fight a losing battle with the seemingly invincible Macron, she withdrew from the field to bandage her wounds, regroup, and await the enemy’s inevitable misstep. Her patience has been amply rewarded. The Gilets Jaunes...

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