French ‘center’-Right flirts with nazis

This video says about itself:

11 March 2018

US President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist has told the French National Front party it should accept accusations of racism with pride.

Steve Bannon praised party leader Marine Le Pen for what he called “her vision that pits nationalists versus globalists”.

Al Jazeera’s David Chater reports from Lille.

Another video used to say about itself:

The Rise Of The National Front – France

At Jean Monnet High School, France, girls dance to celebrate National Racism Education Week. It’s a multicultural display that’s increasingly rare in the southern town of Vitrolles. In local elections the National Front won an outright victory of more than 50%. The rhetoric of the Front is darkly reminiscent of the Nazis: immigrants are criminals and inferior. Already migrants in Vitrolles are under curfew. Before the National Front took control families would sit and play outside together, says local SOS Racism president Nadia Salsédo. Nadia, who was born in Tunisia, still goes to work but her social worker job is under threat.

By Anthony Torres:

French Gaullist UMP party moves closer to neo-fascist National Front

25 September 2013

Last week, former Prime Minister François Fillon said that he no longer excluded the possibility that his right-wing Gaullist UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) could support a neo-fascist candidate of the National Front (FN). This highlights the rapid shift of the UMP, like all France’s other political parties, to the extreme right.

Fillon had on previous occasions declared that [it was] “out of the question to crawl before the extreme right”. Last year, he led a faction fight within the UMP against tendencies supporting Jean-François Copé, who called for an “unabashed” conservative movement with closer ties to the FN.

However, Fillon said last week that, in run-off votes between the ruling Socialist Party (PS) and the FN in next May’s municipal elections, he recommended “voting for the least sectarian candidate”. He thus legitimized voting for the FN in the second round.

Geoffrey Didier, the co-founder of the Strong Right tendency, created by ex-far right activists who supported Copé’s candidacy against Fillon as UMP First Secretary, welcomed this shift, calling it “an ideological victory” for its tendency. “We have always said that a part of our mission was to go towards FN voters, to address ourselves to them. The turn of François Fillon is truly an ideological victory for the Strong Right,” he said.

The UMP parliamentary deputy, Thierry Mariani, one of the founders of the Popular Right which is also on the right of the UMP, announced “with satisfaction that François Fillon has evolved with regard to his position on the FN.”

This strategy currently has right-wing voters’ support. A BVA poll shows that 70 percent of right-wing sympathisers support Fillon’s change in strategy, including 72 percent of UMP sympathisers.

Fillon’s about-face led to protests from some UMP leaders, however. Former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who supported Fillon against Copé last year, declared: “Red alert! The FN is a subject which could explode the UMP. It is our foundational pact which is being questioned.”

These remarks are cynical, because Raffarin when Prime Minister attacked the social gains of workers while encouraging anti-Islamic policies—such as the banning of the Islamic veil in schools—which has favoured the rise of the FN over the last decade.

However, the division inside the UMP is the reflection of profound class tensions which are developing within French and international politics. Weakened by a deep economic crisis and the growing opposition of workers to austerity and war, expressed in France by the massive hostility of the population towards the PS government, the capitalist class is moving towards fascism.

In order to divert workers’ discontent, successive governments adopted a chauvinistic, law-and-order agenda to divide the working class. When in opposition, the PS supported the UMP’s reactionary policies–numerous counter reforms of state pensions, the debate on “national identity”, the banning of the veil and burqa, and the wars in Syria, Libya, in the Sahel and on the Ivory Coast. These policies shifted the political atmosphere further to the right, facilitating the FN’s rise.

The UMP—caught between the FN and the PS, whose politics are lurching to the right—has chosen to move closer to the FN, trying to differentiate itself from the PS and present itself as the main opposition party. The FN leader, Marine Le Pen, described this dynamic by referring to the FN as “the centre of gravity of French politics.”

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