Why we should worry about the poison of Le Pen

There is a real possibility that in this year’s French presidential elections the far right Front National could increase their support, writes Sanchia Alasia.

That’s right, work the salute ya fascist f***

 

There is a real possibility that in this year’s French presidential elections the far right Front National could increase their support. Marine Le Pen, daughter of 2002 runner-up Jean-Marie Le Pen, is currently set to come in third out of the potential 15 candidates.

Le Pen Snr. was last night convicted of contesting crimes against humanity by a Paris court, having described the Nazi occupation as “not particularly inhumane”.


Having campaigned against the London regional organiser of the BNP, Robert William Bailey – a sitting councillor at the time in the May 2010 local council elections – and taking back his council seat for Labour, I know only too well the dangers of the far right gaining political ground and the nasty vicious campaigns they run.

Nick Griffin was a real threat to Margaret Hodge MP and campaigning against the BNP and speaking to some of their supporters on the door step was not always a pleasant experience.

Although the BNP have lost political power in Barking and Dagenham, they still have a lot of support from residents there. An increase in the share of the vote for Marine Le Pen may serve to strengthen their political position, giving them credence to maintain their seat in the upcoming London Assembly elections.

Le Pen has so far not made race and ethnicity an overt part of her campaign although the anti-European stance is clearer. This clever tactic demonstrates the sophistication with which this far right party is operating, seeking to appeal to the ordinary working class citizen, who may be discontent with the status quo, where most of her ground is currently being gained.

Anti-fascists in Britain ought to keep a close eye on the share of the vote Marine Le Pen gets and hope it goes down.

Year on year the BNP share of the vote has reduced from 14.5% in 2007 to 8.3% last year, a downtrend we should all wish to sustain.

See also:

Is François Hollande the next president of France?Jack Storry, February 9th 2012

Getting to the roots of far right xenophobiaDr Matthew Goodwin, April 9th 2011

EDL leader is ex-BNP thugShamik Das, June 28th 2010

BNP booted out of BarkingShamik Das, May 7th 2010

BNP high-flier suspended from London Assembly for lying about murdersShamik Das, September 25th 2009

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  13. Bristolianish

    Cllr. Alasia – the ward you represent is Alibon not Albion.

  14. Sanchia

    your quite right, thanks for pointing it out

  15. Robert Bailey

    You are possibly the most useless Councillor in Barking and Dagenham..you and your corrupt party…the BNP will boot you out of the ward you cannot even spell and which you pretend to represent…you are a disgrace…

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