Five reasons why the French National Front are still a threat

Despite their early rise in regional polls, the French National Front (FN) have been roundly routed in the elections, causing huge embarrassment for leader Marine le Pen as she sought to ramp up panic towards the French Muslim population.

After rejecting her Father’s candidature, the FN tried to find a moderate voice in order to pick up support from alienated republican and socialist voters. On top of the Paris attacks the party tried to paint itself as a voice of reason and common sense; for a while it seemed to work, but now, initial fears have been allayed. For now…

Commentators have said this morning that FN will not take this election lightly and will still want to go in all guns blazing for the French presidential election in 2017. While they failed to win control of any regions in the final round of local elections, they still won a record number of votes totaling at least 6.6m.

As Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls told reporters: “The danger of the far right has not been removed – far from it.”

And it ought to go without saying, but there a number of reasons to show why the party of Le Pen still cling on to their fascist past. Here are five reasons why we should still be worried about FN:

  • The FN manifesto isn’t merely sceptical about the presence of certain immigrant populations, it talks clearly about a “reduction in five years of legal immigration and asylum seekers” as a “reaffirmation of our [French] republican model against Anglo-Saxon multiculturalism” [Source]
  • The FN calls for legal immigration to be reduced from 200,000 a year to 10,000; an end to automatic “family unification”; the expulsion of illegal immigrants; and a suspension of the EU’s Schengen accords [Source]
  • The FN continues to sit with a group of other “non-inscrit” parties in the European Parliament including the BNP and the Hungarian Far Right party Jobbik [Source]
  • The party also calls for policies of “national preference” so that French people are given priority in job applications [Source]
  • Family benefits, including child support, would only available to French families (or where at least one parent is French) under a “modernized” FN government [Source]

Just because FN failed to win control of any regions, their vote, and the increasing unpopularity of Hollande and the socialists, means that they’ll be expecting to make ground in 2017.

What’s more, they may have made efforts to rid themselves of Jean-Marie Le Pen’s Neo-Nazism, but that’s an extraordinary low base. To say that they are better and more respectable now neglects context of how disgusting the FN were before.

The FN are still a threat, and still practice racialised politics which is rotten to the core. The French Left should not become complacent after last night’s result.

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16 Responses to “Five reasons why the French National Front are still a threat”

  1. Sid

    They are not a threat. They are a source of hope.

  2. Asteri

    Its not really an embarrassment is it? she can now convincingly say the establishment conspired against her party to deny them a victory by manipulating the democratic process in the most blatant way possible. A bit of an own goal and a short term Pyrrhic victory. The socialist candidates who refused the Socialist party’s order to stand down deserve credit for continuing to fight the election rather than be part of a dirty political conspiracy.

  3. David Lindsay

    Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen are scorned by Nigel Farage. But not by his fans. Think on. Oh, and I hope that James Delingpole is exactly as proud of Breitbart London as he ought to be. How much longer can Farage be seen to write for it?

  4. Sid

    Breibart London is a great source of news that the mainstream media want to keep hidden.

  5. wjfox

    Breitbart is a hideous right-wing Hate site.

  6. Paul

    The third bullet point is factually incorrect. I contacted the author to tell him, but he said it used to be correct so it’s still valid. Which it isn’t. More widely, the article is nonsense. The FN having very bad policies doesn’t make them a threat, in the same way that the BNP having very bad policies doesn’t make them a threat. What makes them a threat is that Sunday’s results will fuel a narrative about them and their supporters as victims of the electoral conspiracy of the two mainstream parties, and enable them to continue to expand their appeal to those who think themselves disenfranchised.

  7. Selohesra

    I didn’t think BNP had MEPs so not sure how FN can be sitting with them

  8. Paul

    Correct. Author’s source is from before European elections.

  9. Bodhisattva

    You keep bringing up hate – you keep spewing it. Must be full of it?

  10. wjfox

    Your entire post history demonstrates a profound hatred of life on this planet, hatred of all nature’s beautiful creatures and ecological diversity that took millions of years to evolve. You’d throw it all away for a quick buck. I’d say that makes you the greatest hater of all, and really quite evil.

  11. Bodhisattva

    You are insane.

    You have no idea who I am or what I feel, or think, or do.

    I accept that change is the only constant and refuse to be reduced to a quivering mass of paranoid jelly due to the fact, THE FACT, that change is inevitable.

    You keep bringing up hate – because you are full of it!

    I suggest you seek help. Learn to accept that change will come whether you like it or not. Try to be ready for it when it does. I am. I like to ‘live in the moment’ but I also am careful to plan for contingencies so they don’t overwhelm me. Is that your problem? Have you been overcome by things that were beyond your control such that you now have an overwhelming need to believe you’re some sort of omnipotent being that is more powerful than nature itself?

    By the way, the biosphere is thriving, thanks to more CO2 and warmer temperatures:

    You gave away that you live in Northern England. You know, without global warming, you would be surrounded by ice and snow of perhaps 3500 meters in depth, if not more. You should be as happy to see global warming as I.

    The geologic record shows that the warm, wet times are the times life thrives (well, except for that time an external event – hence the Chicxulub Crater – screwed things up) generally. The diversity you celebrate is only possible due to global warming! Go figure!

  12. wjfox

    Fuck off.

  13. Thanks Tank

    I’m guessing that they are the dominant party of the French Working Class now because they are the only ones that represent them and give them hope.

  14. Bodhisattva

    Yeah, there you go… that’s more of your ‘science’. If you had any actual science you would present it.

  15. Bodhisattva

    Wow how full of hate you are. Seek help!

  16. Michael Stone

    LOL Very blunt, ha haa haaa

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