Far-Right Makes Makes Electoral Come-Back Across France

Henry Samuel, Telegraph (London), March 24, 2014

Marine Le Pen’s Front National is now the third major force in French politics after large gains in the first round of municipal elections

France on Monday woke up to a “new political age” that appears to have sounded the death knell of two-party politics in the country when the far-Right party Front National (FN) made surprising gains in municipal elections.

Surpassing even the most upbeat forecasts by Marine Le Pen, the FN leader, the anti-EU and anti-immigration party gained at least 10 per cent of the vote in 229 towns across France, qualifying them to run in the second round of elections on March 30.

Although it only won five per cent of the vote nationally, the FN’s success was proportionally high as it only fielded candidates in fewer than 600 of the 37,000 villages, towns and cities in France.

The elections were widely seen as a slap in the face for François Hollande, who is suffering record unpopularity against a backdrop of near-zero growth and high unemployment.v

“The FN can now boast to be the third major force in national politics alongside the Socialists and the ‘Republican’ Right,” wrote Le Monde newspaper in an editorial, saying the result reflected the “discredit from which [the president] is suffering”.

Meanwhile, the Left-leaning Nouvel Observateur heralded a “new age of the extreme-Right”.

The anti-EU party capitalised on the lowest turnout ever in French municipal elections amid sweeping public disenchantment in mainstream politics.

In the former coal-mining town of Henin-Beaumont in northern France, FN candidate Steeve Briois achieved 50.3 per cent, an absolute majority which made him the outright winner and mayor.

Under municipal election rules in France, any candidate who gets more than 50 per cent is declared the winner without a need for a second round.

The FN hopes to claim the mayorship of up to 15 medium-sized towns after the second round, and if it achieves that, it will have beaten its previous record in 1997 when it had four mayors. It is set to win at least 1,000 municipal councillor posts.

The party took the lead in the southern towns of Béziers, Saint-Gilles, Fréjus, Perpignan and Avignon, where Olivier Py, the head of the town’s famous theatre festival, warned the event would fold under a far-Right mayor.

The FN is also in second place in a handful of other cities, including Marseille and Nimes, and potential kingmaker in 200 other towns.

Sylvain Crépon, an FN specialist, warned, however that the party may end up the victim of its own success, as it is not yet ready to run this many towns.

“They don’t have enough local executives trained to run town halls. These results will confront them with their own limitations. One close aide of Marine Le Pen told me recently: ‘If we win 20 towns, we’re dead,’” he told La Croix.

The other main winner of the first round was the opposition centre-Right UMP party, previously headed by former president Nicolas Sarkozy, which won 46.5 per cent of the overall vote, way above the Socialists’ 38 per cent.

Jean-Francois Copé, UMP leader, predicted a “big victory” for his party in the second round, insisting that the results were proof of the party’s “rebirth after two difficult years”.

The solid results suggested that corruption scandals that have blighted the UMP as well as Mr Sarkozy, the former conservative president, have had little impact.

Scrambling to contain the damage, the Socialists on Monday announced they would join forces with the Greens and the Communist Party in a bid to block any FN advances.

They also said they would tactically withdraw from a three-way contest in the southern town of St Gilles, leaving voters with a straight choice between the FN candidate and the mainstream centre-Right UMP.

They are counting on the FN’s presence to finish ahead of the UMP in a number of three-way run-offs, including Strasbourg, Rouen, Avignon and Reims.

Mr Copé refused to urge UMP supporters to vote Socialist, while calling on those who had voted for the FN to “carry over their vote” onto UMP candidates in the second round.

He has ruled out alliances with the far-Right, but polls suggest there is a growing desire from a majority of FN supporters–but also those who back the UMP–to join forces in local politics.

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  • DaveMed

    I must be “far-right” for not wanting to jump out of an airplane without a parachute. Or not wanting to jump into the lion’s den at the local zoo.

    That’s 2014 politics for you: “far-right” = not suicidal.

    • Pro_Whitey

      True. One of my missions is to impress upon others, here and elsewhere, how many of our positions are the “moderate” positions, if you count as moderate the positions supported by supermajorities of the people. The left has observed and exploited a tendency among those not as well-informed in politics to see themselves as middle of the road or moderate regardless of where they would end up on any objective scale. The leftists always like to grab labels like “common sense” and “moderate”, and to define others’ positions as “extreme”. In order to win over those who aren’t paying sufficient attention, we have to do the same as the leftists.

      • DaveMed

        Our own positions seem extreme because we are the only ones who have to take this sort of stand. Nobody has any interest in moving en masse to India, Africa, or Central America. If they did, the people in those countries would be just as furious as we are.

      • Sick of it

        When you simply talk to older folks, you find that they believe in the very same things we believe. How is that extreme? It’s how the vast majority of Americans used to think. It was the norm not so long ago.

    • Paleoconn

      Spot on. What passed for normal as recently as the 1960s is now far right. Not willingly betraying your countrymen and nation, putting the interests of native inhabitants first, not wanting to finance the dole for foreigners, all this is far right nowadays. I think it’s right down the middle. Or to paraphrase DeGaulle, it’s not right or left, but above.

  • Anglo

    This is good news for France. I feel better already; it makes my day!

    • Luca

      No kidding, if France can do it, so can we.

  • So CAL Snowman

    The Second Age of Enlightenment?

    • Zimriel

      Let’s hope this one ends better than the last one.

  • Luca

    “Le Front National” must mean French Tea Party in English.

    • 1stworlder

      Génération Identitaire is what impresses me about France. Its their youth movement

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    France needs to be more than just “far right”. She’s going to have to be pro-Vichy if she wants to save herself from leftist social engineering and massive 3rd world immigration, both of which threaten to reduce her proud Gallic civilization to a heap of Stone Age rubble.

    • Anglo

      It is my hope that once the Front National gains enough support and strength that they will show no mercy to the leftist social engineers and 3rd World rabble immigrants.

      • Strider73

        Well, they did invent the guillotine.

      • Epiminondas

        And if we get in the driver’s seat here, we should show no mercy to the Establishment thugs who are destroying our nation. Guillotines are a good way to make that point.

  • Luca

    In America, “The Tea Party” is a grassroots political movement that does not bode well for moderates in the Republican party. It is trying to return America further to the right politically. In case you truly didn’t know.

  • The French fought with bullets and bombs on their homeland in WWII, then in Vietnam, then on their homeland again as a consequence of Algerian demands for independence. The fighting skills of the French Foreign Legion were legendary. This war should be easier to win. It just takes guts–a political will strong enough to reject egalitarianism. Let’s hope the French suck it up and show some courage.

    • Jesse James

      It should be said for the French that despite many crude jokes about French surrender monkeys that they lost around 200,000 soldiers and 350,000 civilians killed during the Second World War out of a population of 41.7 million people. Just because they lost doesn’t mean they didn’t fight.

      • Strider73

        The whole “surrender monkeys” mantra was a neocon smear, in retaliation for France’s refusal to sign on to the Cheney/Bush war of stupidity in Iraq. A decade later, the French stand vindicated.

      • Paleoconn

        Everybody got obliterated by Germany in WW2, the French have nothing to be ashamed of. They were among the best fighters in WW1, and the reason they lost so easily to Germany might be because of how depleted they were after losing so many brave men in the Great War, not to mention the incompetence of their remaining generals.

        The Brits had their island refuge. The Americans showed up in Europe when Germany was almost done, opportunism at its best. The Russians did more to beat Germany that the Americans did.

        Anyway, what horrible mistakes those wars were, Whites annihilating Whites. And making room for the Soviets to take over half of Europe. There is a special place in hell for Woodrow Wilson, David Lloyd George, Winston Churchill and FDR.

    • Left behind in Chicago

      No White people have fought Arab Muslim scum like the French fought in French Algeria. It was French Algeria, part of France.

      Everything frustrated Amren readers want to do now against Black rapists, gang members, Pakistani phimosis grooming poor English girls..

      French in Algeria did it and much more and they did it with…

      Élan

  • dcc2379

    Money talks. Working for Muslims and Blacks to belittle and attack you takes a toll on every body. If France’s new government worked, Obama and the USSR would work. Only in the minds of liberals, such as Al Gore and Barack Obama and Josef Stalin did such things make sense.

  • wildfirexx

    It seems most white people in western society today have been so brainwashed by the liberal media, into excepting homosexuality, diversity and multiculturalism as the new normal, that any prefix attached to a word like (extreme, ultra or anti-) is assumed to be evil.
    But sometimes for a people to protect their own identity,culture and heritage, it may be necessary to use these terms in order to reach their objective.

  • Strider73

    The National Front, along with all other European nationalist parties, should enlist the help of the Swiss People’s Party, which is that country’s largest. The SVP’s artists have done great work, leading to wins in several referendums. See below (hopefully — this is my 1st attempt at uploading graphics on a Disqus post). No doubt the SVP would charge a hefty fee for loaning out its talent, but it would be money very well spent.

    • BonV.Vant

      I think the artist that created the second one was thinking of the “Oprah” incident. Even a super rich negro starts trouble in a shop and tries to get a poor shop girl fired.

      • Strider73

        Actually that poster dates back nearly 10 years, to an anti-immigration referendum. The German caption means “Create security.”

        I should have mentioned that since the SVP must produce posters in German, French & Italian (all official languages in Switzerland), their artists would have no trouble with English, Dutch or any other language.

  • Alec Smart

    To understand what is really going on, there needs to be a discussion of the true enemy – in France and elsewhere America included: GLOBALISM

    If we don’t understand the enemy, we there is no chance of solving the problem or understanding what is really going on.

    Globalists are working hard to set up a global government and a global economic system of domination. It is not democratic, and the power chain actually is concentrated up through the banking system. In America, it is our Federal Reserve.

    We read of corruption scandals, both of the main parties in France. Well we have the same thing here in America, both parties selling out America on immigration and healthcare and other issues. Well if they are selling out, who has been doing the buying?

    The destruction of national identity and racial identity is a very specific tactic being used by the globalists. They don’t want strong democratic free countries opposing their rule. They want divided weakened and corrupted governments and countries who will easily fall victim to outside control and influence.

    As much as I’ve seen stories on Amren of importance relating to racial issues, I’ve not seen any discussion of globalism, the Federal Reserve, the financial system, or globalism.

    And I should add globalism, corporatism, and central banking are all concepts which were known problems in colonial America, and were all fought against. The founding fathers knew the danger of central banks, and the danger of perpetual life corporations, which remained illegal in America until the late 1880s. In other words, globalism is not free market economics.

    • Multi-racialism is a tool of globalism.

      It and its negative consequences, bar none, are the most effective ways we have to turn people against globalism.

      The problem is that a very large percentage of people opposed to the non-racial negative consequences of globalism support or at the very least can’t bring themselves to oppose the racial negative consequences of globalism.

    • Geo1metric

      “As much as I’ve seen stories on Amren of importance relating to racial issues, I’ve not seen any discussion of globalism, the Federal Reserve, the financial system, or globalism.”

      Excellent post.

      Other than getting into details about the financial system and globalism, I have on several ocassions mentioned the fed. and the fact that generations-long organizations can plan for hundreds of years in order to achieve an objective.

      Andrew Jackson is one of my favorite presidents specifically because he “fought the bank” meaning the establishment of a central bank in the US. By the same token, Alexander Hamilton is one of the early Americans I dislike the most since he favored central banking.

      What so many people don’t realize, and apparently you do, is that central banking is essentially control of an entire country. Further, if a country has a central bank, that bank is probably controlled by another larger system outside of that country.

      There’s a reason Amschel Rothschild is quoted as saying: “give me control of a country’s currency, and I care not who the king is”. That quote encapsulates WHY our founders despised central banking. They knew full well that a central bank for America would ultimately mean foreign control of America.

      I have often wondered why the US ever needs to “borrow” even one penny from a foreign entity. A sovereign entity should be able to create all the money it needs.

      Yet you never hear any of our “financial experts” raise this critical question.

      So yes, we’ll never win until we define just who the real enemy is.

  • Epiminondas

    The same thing needs to happen in America. The Republicans and Democrats offer no attraction to whites, conservatives, and nationalists. We need a National Front in this country to speak for us.

  • ricpic

    France for the French!

    Ooh, says the bought and paid for marxist media (Telegraph), that’s so extremely extreme right wing. It’s so hate filled to love your country and your people more than “mankind” and to want to protect them from that same mankind. Incredible how stark things have become. Life or death. Commit suicide by accepting that the Establishment death cult (Washington, Paris or London, makes no difference) is right; or at least have a chance at a future of our own by fighting the Establishment tooth and nail, every inch of the way.

  • 1stworlder

    Génération Identitaire is the youth movement