The National Front will not win this presidency, nor will many of their voters throw their support behind Hollande, who is the likeliest candidate, but they have certainly been granted new status in the French political dynamic. We haven’t seen the last of the National Front this year. Marine Le Pen’s niece, Marion, stands a very solid chance of becoming one of the party’s first MPs since the 1986 elections when parliamentary elections come around in June. The events of this presidential election both recognize the newly gained power of the far-right movement in France and further the process of mainstreaming its radical stances on immigration and economic policy. This rise in far-right support, both in France and across Europe, is one of the dangerous and potentially lasting side effects of a Europe struggling with economic crisis.
Me, in a piece up this morning on The Risky Shift, taking a look at Marine Le Pen and the far-right National Front’s new political power in France. (via thepoliticalnotebook)
“Sarkozy, who has courted the far right this week with speeches about curbing immigration, protecting France’s borders, values of work, family and love for the homeland, has come under fire from the left and even within his own party for lurching too far towards the extreme right. Some newspapers accused him of cynicism and breaking down the political cordon sanitaire which traditionally separates the mainstream French right from the far right and for considering alliances with the Front National for the parliamentary elections in June. Sarkozy snapped back that although he was keen to listen to far right voters’ concerns, he did not envisage appointing Front National ministers in a future rightwing government. “There will be no pact with the Front National,” he told France Info radio, adding there were too many issues on which they disagreed to imagine giving the party cabinet posts. The Front National has called for France to quit the euro and a hold a referendum on the death penalty, both far from Sarkozy’s manifesto. “There will be no Front National ministers, but I refuse to demonise men and women who in voting for Marine Le Pen cast a crisis vote, a vote of anger, a vote of suffering and a vote of despair. I have to listen to their message and take them into account, and not think it’s time to hold my nose,” Sarkozy said.”
Nicolas Sarkozy rules out pact with Front National to steal election victory | guardian.co.uk