Mainstream Baffled as French Turn to Far Right

AFP, October 14, 2013

France’s mainstream political parties were Monday scratching their heads over what to do about a surge by the Front National (FN) after a breakthrough by-election win for the far-right party.

The ruling Socialist party and the centre-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), the party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, face humiliating reverses in municipal and European elections next year if the FN can sustain its current standing in the eyes of an electorate thoroughly fed-up with record unemployment, rising taxes and a perceived increase in crime and insecurity.

A poll published last week suggested the FN could emerge as the best-supported party in the European elections with 24 percent of those asked declaring themselves ready to back the party led by Marine Le Pen, the daughter of FN founder Jean-Marie Le Pen.

That shock survey was followed on Sunday by a spectacular victory for the FN in a local by-election in Brignoles, where FN candidate Laurent Lopez claimed 53.9 percent of the vote in a run-off against the UMP candidate.

“The left and the mainstream right are blaming each other for what is happening, but the reality is they’ve both been knocked sideways,” said Nonna Mayer, the Research Director at the National Research Centre CNRS. “Neither of them know what to do.”

There were particular, local factors in Brignoles which influenced the outcome of a vote being held for the third time, the result having been judged too close to stand on two previous occasions, when the run-off was between the FN and the Communist Party.

The southeastern town has struggled with high unemployment since the closure of local aluminium mines in the 1990s and the gloomy economic backdrop has exacerbated tensions between established residents and a large community of North African immigrants, creating fertile ground for the FN in a region where it traditionally does better than elsewhere in France.

But the scale of the victory for Lopez was nevertheless widely interpreted as an indicator of how the FN is capitalising on current voter concerns to appeal to a broader slice of the electorate than ever before.

A smartly-dressed former businessman, Lopez, 48, is the perfect embodiment of the more voter-friendly image that the FN has projected since Marine Le Pen took over from her controversial father at the head of the party in 2011.

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Marine Le Pen, has worked hard to dispel the image of the party as fundamentally racist.

She has expelled activists who make bigoted public statements and the FN lists in next year’s municipal elections will include a handful of ethnic minority candidates.

All of which is making it harder for the mainstream parties to prevent the FN from winning more than a handful of elected posts by treating it as a pariah party and urging their voters to cast their ballots tactically to keep them out of power, an approach referred to as the “Republican Front”.

“I think we can safely say the Republican Front is now dead,” Marine Le Pen declared after Sunday’s triumph in Brignoles, and her opponents acknowledged that she was probably right.

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  • JackKrak

    The headline makes me laugh – it reminds me of how any political book written by anyone to the right of Stalin that does well commercially is invariably described as a “surprise best seller”. The “mainstream” (read “Leftist media types”) is always “baffled” by “surprise” developments like people doing things the NYT editorial page doesn’t approve of.

    • sbuffalonative

      I agree. The headline stands-out.

      France’s mainstream political parties were Monday scratching their heads over what to do about a surge by the Front National

      Are they surprised by the gains of the Front National or are they surprised the French are seeing through their treasonous lies?

      • ms_anthro

        They aren’t surprised. They’re dismayed, scared, and hoping that if they tell people that right wing movements are unpopular with the average person, the average person will doubt himself and stop supporting the right wing.

        It won’t work.

        We are seeing the last desperate acts of a decaying globalist elite. They can’t paint over the cracks much longer.

        • Sloppo

          I hope you are right.

    • gemjunior

      LOL I know. It’s such a huge surprise to everyone how the French people (the ones native to France, who are white Europeans) want to save their country. I’m so baffled and surprised by that, and I too am scratching my head about what to do in the event that the French elect a pro-French, anti-multicult party to represent them.

  • Puggg

    “Scratching their heads over what to do”

    Even if I had fleas I wouldn’t scratch my head over what to do about this. Just get out of the way and let Le Pen rule France.

    I wonder if her party’s platform includes free dog biscuits for French dog breeds. Nationalism, going to the dogs.

  • Spartacus

    “She has expelled activists who make bigoted public statements and the FN
    lists in next year’s municipal elections will include a handful of
    ethnic minority candidates.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    I don’t like this… Let’s hope it’s just a facade to get some of the weaklings to vote for them, and that they still are who they are deep down .

    • Sick of it

      The above coupled with a candidate named Lopez does make one wonder how dedicated she is to stopping the immigration flood.

      • Spartacus

        Let’s hope they plan to get rid of them after they’re no longer useful, kind of a modern “nuit des longs couteaux” .

        • Sick of it

          I just hope they kick out the immigrants who won’t assimilate. That meager little step would be huge these days.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Southern France is pretty close to northern Spain, where live White people. If Louis XIV had had his way the two might have been one country.

    • Nathanwartooth

      Yeah I read that and thought about the same thing.

      They are just a joke. How can you have a policy to deport and stop new immigration when the immigrants are running your party?

      Is the name of the party just what it is? A front party to suck up nationalist votes and make sure nothing gets done?

      • Spartacus

        Well, her father fought the real fight for decades, it’s hard to believe she’d just abandon that . Hopefully, she has a plan to get rid of them, and these are just tokens . They don’t really have that much power in the party to begin with .

      • Carney3

        Who says the immigrants are running the party?

    • Luca

      I believe you are seeing Public Relations in action. A party proposing racial purity or separatism can never gain momentum from the onset, in fact, they’d never get out of the starting gate. They have to appeal to the center where the numbers reside.

      Once in power, they can embark on an approach more in keeping with their ideology but they must first show tangible results to maintain popularity.

      It took the US 50 years to descend into this liberal PC hellhole, I suspect it will take 20 years to dig out from under all the refuse piled on us.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Gotta do what you gotta do.

    • Carney3

      Agreed. Recall that in The Camp of the Saints there was a brown-skinned descendant of India who firmly and totally cast in his lot with not merely Western Civilization but whites as such. Such allies are rare, but they exist.

  • The EU-UN-DOJ-HUD won’t allow this “crime against democracy” to continue. Hate laws, beatings, jailings, anything Stalin did, shall be done again.

    “Anything still White is too White. We just can’t afford to slow down Diversity.”

    • ms_anthro

      Except unlike Stalin’s victims, we can and will shoot back.

  • David Ashton

    Don’t be too fussy. Let’s see what happens and hope for the best. Le Pen is better than Hollande or Sarkozy. Judge the FN not by its election tactics but by the reactions of its enemies who are our enemies.

    • Oldcorporal

      That’s always the best way to judge how you’re doing against your enemies. If they are screaming, calling you names, etc., you’re hitting them where it hurts.

      • Sick of it

        But they scream about neo-cons who are our enemies as well (and seem to work well with liberals in office).

        • David Ashton

          In each case you need to examine what exactly is being said and why. You also need to understand the psychological reasons for “left-liberal” concerns about “Zionism” and “anti-Semitism”, and deal with them adroitly.

          What matters is that the screaming and defamation do not stop political progress with the general public or provide further excuse for suppression, as in Britain but also in France.

          • Sick of it

            They’ve done fairly well creating opposing parties or factions in every realm and in all of our nations. It is becoming obvious that few represent us in our nations (even among many so-called fringe right wing groups who are nothing more than controlled opposition)

  • JohnEngelman

    “The left and the mainstream right are blaming each other for what is happening, but the reality is they’ve both been knocked sideways,” said Nonna Mayer, the Research Director at the National Research Centre CNRS. “Neither of them know what to do.”

    – AFP, October 14, 2013

    “The left and the mainstream right” need to stop demonizing concerns over the immigration of Negroes and Muslims. They need to evaluate the effect Negro and Muslim immigrants are having on French society in particular, and European society in general.

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      But of course you would applaud mass immigration of high IQ Chinese, no?

      • JohnEngelman

        Yes. I would also welcome an influx of Jews.

        • Sick of it

          Even though they will vote to bring in as many blacks and muslims as possible?

          • JohnEngelman

            I doubt many Jews are in a hurry to increase the Moslem population.

          • Franklin_Ryckaert

            In Europe they always defend Muslim immigrants, no matter how anti-Semitic they are. The only problem for them is “radical Islam”.

  • joesolargenius

    Even a lap dog gets tired of unsavory food day after day and goes in search of something more palatable than socialism.

  • kjh64

    “France’s mainstream political parties were Monday scratching their heads over what to do about a surge by the Front National (FN) after a breakthrough by-election win for the far-right party.”

    These mainstream political parties are either very dimwitted or in denial. Maybe just maybe the French people of sick of France’s ridiculous immigration policies, maybe they see all the problems it causes. Too bad here in the US, we don’t have a strong party that would oppose immigration.

  • Oldcorporal

    Hope the FN wins the next national election in France. It will be interesting to see how they will handle all these problems generated by the mainstream, left and right parties.

  • MBlanc46

    Jeez, maybe I should become a consultant to the mainstream French political parties. The way to counter the FN is to take an anti-immigration and anti-globalization stance. France for the French!

    • David Ashton

      What matters in the end is whether they MEAN their stance. The Conservative leaders in Britain have not done so. Even if the FN in power or en route fails to do the whole job, it is better on balance that Le Pen gets a massive vote than that the “fascist fusspots” moan that she is no more than a “front”.

      • MBlanc46

        It’s easy to be hard-line when you’re outside the halls of power. Populist movements (which the Tories have never been) can certainly become co-opted when their leaders start rubbing elbows with the elites. There’s also the danger of compromising principle to gain a few more votes from the middle. Time will tell. For the moment, I’m going to enjoy watching the globalists all over sweat while the FN stirs up the masses.

        • David Ashton

          Enjoyment shared.

  • Epiminondas

    Somewhere, a western nation is going to crack the post WWII code of modern liberalism and release its citizen from its deathgrip. And when that happens, you’re going to hear screams of fear and rage all over the Anglosphere. It would be an incredible irony if that nation turns out to be France.

  • Ella

    Maybe, France has an upcoming leader comme Napoleon.

    • David Ashton

      Jeanne d’Arc.

  • Greg Thomas

    “France’s mainstream political parties were Monday scratching their heads over what to do about a surge by the Front National (FN) after a breakthrough by-election win for the far-right party.”

    “What to do about it?” Embrace it and thank God their are still some Frenchmen left who want to save your country!

  • Viking_61

    The nationalist right in Europe has been hibernating for 60 years. Now that our blood is flowing again, the ENEMY has no idea what to do. The last time the nationalist right was this strong in Europe, it was before World War II. No wonder the only thing these commies can say is “Nazi, Nazi, Nazi”… The ENEMY has a good memory, but so do we…

    • David Ashton

      “They” have a pretty good idea of what they intend to do if they seriously expect an actual Nazi revival, and it is more of the same “with knobs on”. History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as – folly.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    They are baffled? And water’s wet! This is an illustration of how the media in western nations is controlled by hostile racial and religious aliens. Those who cannot be named simply cannot imagine anything from an outsider’s perspective, including the fact that violent Muslim invaders make their lives a living Hell. This is just the first crack in the dam before the dam break ensues because they pent up so much white rage and anger that now there is nothing they can do to hold it back. This one is on them, now they will reap their just deserts.

    • David Ashton

      The age-old fear is a reason for the controls, but the whole system is more complicated than that. The ethnocentric perspective of many of these “aliens” – I call it a political autism – is not true of them all, and they need to be handled with an intelligence comparable to their own, and I would add, with European chivalry in the event of victory. The previous moral mistake is a media and education factor that has led to a paralysis of western nations which might not otherwise have occurred, and should neither be threatened now nor repeated in future.

      • Sick of it

        Why should we worry about the fears of foreign people who work to destroy all of our nations? Let them go to their own nation and let us live in peace.

        • David Ashton

          It is not so much “worry” for them, but understanding their “fears” and what to do about their impact on our media and politics in the short term. I agree: live and let live. I shall comment on the “nation” you probably have in mind, only if you or others want me to.

          • Sick of it

            My idea isn’t too original, as the Founders did it before me (though I’d give people more property rights without worrying about a state’s petty desire for property taxes). Even my ideas regarding who would and would not be a citizen fit with legislation they originally passed. I don’t expect it to mesh well with European ideas.

          • David Ashton

            All white nations have their own distinctive traditions and different experiences with regard to the foreigners I think you had in mind. But white solidarity internationally is becoming more important, and we must all learn from past mistakes.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Yes, and in time we must use the most ruthless and brutal tactics THEY used against us. To quote the Klingons, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

    • David Ashton

      I am afraid that “never again” fears will deter “unconditional surrender”.

  • Garrett Brown

    This is very exciting, I hope they win the elections.

  • MartelC

    yeah baffling isn’t it.
    Well the Eurocrats are making sure they get the sort of democracy they want, so I am sure they will find some way to squash this.

    At this point, the custodians of ‘the system ‘ are abusing civil trust – and ultimately robbing the people of self expression. When they do so, what other options are left?

    If they declar parties and thoughts illegal, what other options do people have??

  • Don’t put too much hope in the FN. They’re traitors to the 14 words.

  • Franklin_Ryckaert

    Proper Paris has now been replaced with Parisistan.

  • Northern American-Nationalist

    President Le Pen will happen one day soon, which indeed must baffle the political mainstream. Most thought it would never happen, yet it will but just not in the form people imagined. Ain’t that people and history for ya?

    These are assuredly exciting developments for nationalists everywhere. I’m just concerned what the National Front may (have to) sacrifice in order to gain political control. The end goal must be kept in mind though, which is not a unintended compromise between traditional, Gaullist France and the “mixed republic” but a France that is totally French.

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      France is a big European nation, when France starts solving its foreigner problem (by repatriation) others will follow. That might even influence the US (Mexicans back to Mexico).

      • Northern American-Nationalist

        I hope so, but American “conservatives” will probably start ramping up the anti-French jokes and claim of how America is morally superior to them and their system.

        Germans will likely get the excuse they need to go nationalist after that though. It just can’t be them (first) “again” in the eyes of those who know little about such things.

  • Franklin_Ryckaert

    Large scale repatriations are the only solution, but the public has to be educated to accept that.

  • I’d vote for them, but wouldn’t put all my eggs in their basket as the saviours of France or Europe.