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Front National Enters Political Mainstream.
Adapted from Le Monde.
Today, 34% of French voters in the Le Monde survey (published in print yesterday) “back the ideas of the National Front “ . This an increase of two percentage points compared to 2013. 59% of respondents disagreed. Since the accession of Marine Le Pen to the presidency of the extreme right party, the level of support for the ideas of FN continues to increase : it was 22% during the inauguration of M me Le Pen 2011, jumping to 31% the following year and 32% in 2013.
Marine Le Pen’s image is winning, meanwhile, increasingly favourable opinions. 58% of respondents consider that she is “capable of appealing to people beyond her own constituency ” (+5 points), 56% that she “understands the ordinary concerns of French people” (+ 7 points) and 40% (+ 5 points) believe that she “has new ideas on how to solve the problems of France “ .
Another key point: 46% of respondents believe that M me Le Pen is “fairly representative of a straight forward patriotic right-wing attached to traditional values” (+ 2 points) against 43% who think it is “extreme right-wing nationalist and xenophobic party. “
However, Marine Le Pen is still unable to convince the French of the merits of the two fundamental points of her program: the euro and national preference (giving priority to French nationals in welfare, housing and jobs – a policy that marked legislation in 1932, during the French equivalent of the Great Depression: it fixed at 10% the number of foreign nationals in private firms, and 5% in public ones).
64% of respondents were opposed to the exit from the euro and a return to the Franc, against 29% who disagreed. Finally, in terms of employment , 72% of people are opposed to the “national preference”, against 24% who are in favour of such a measure.
The Le Monde survey is largely concerned with the image and the entry of the Front National into mainstream French politics.
For the European elections this year the FN is often predicted to lead the poll.
Opinion survey (January):
Front National 23%, l’UMP 21% (centre-right) Parti socialiste and Parti Radical de Gauche 18%.
L’Alternative, Jean-Louis Borloo and François Bayrou (centre) , 11% Front de Gauche , Jean-Luc Mélenchon (9%) ‘Europe Ecologie Les Verts (7%).
Debout la République 2,5% des suffrages,NPA (nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste Olivier Besancenot) 2% .
In the much difficult area to gauge by polls, the coming Municipal Elections (March), these are some representative figures,
Bedos: the Anti-Dieudonné.
The French Comedian Nicolas has been satirising Dieudonné .
He appeared in one-man show with a Hitler moustache in a parody of the racist bigot.
Nicolas has stated that his intention is to “Not leave Dieudonné with the monopoly of subversion, and to remember that we can be provocative on the most sensitive issues without being oneself plagued by racism, misogyny, homophobia, etc.”
“For the most part, the pro-Dieudonné fans are fragile, culturally and intellectually, socially vulnerable and shocked by the fate of Palestinians, hence the fantasy of some sort of Israeli-Jewish-American political-media-financial conspiracy: Dieudonné continues to feed this frenzy.”
“Why embody a character in Arabic accent?
I mostly played simply a complete tosser. I knew very well in writing the sketch that people would see some housing estate scum. But I play somebody who is above all a cretin, rather than because he is an Arab (slang rebeu).
We have to stop the hypocrisy: you only have to look at the public for the shows Dieudo puts on to see that a large majority are young people of immigrant origin, wounded by their situation, contempt for society, and indifference to Palestinian suffering.
I understand their anger, but I absolutely hate to see Dieudonné and Soral taking advantage of their plight for their own narcissistic and financial reasons.”
Bedos is opposed to a public ban on the anti-Semite’s shows.
“We have to fight against the tendency to legislate on artistic matters.
Dieudonné is no longer an artist, he is a proselyte for the extreme right. But we should not forbid him from performing, that in itself expands and solidifies his audience.
Dieudonné’s public only dreams of being stifled and muzzled, and this keeps them together.
If we talk about banning, why not ban Marine Le Pen and the Front National”
(Adapted from Le Monde.)
In the past Bedos has also been in trouble because he criticised Israeli policies, attacked Sarkozy (« VRP cocaïné ») and has been fined for insulting the Police – amongst other controversies.
Now he has received death threats.
Those anti-Semites don’t like it up ‘em!
French Radio stations (France-Inter and Europe 1) were full of this story this morning.
The lone gunman arrested on Wednesday night for carrying out two shootings and a carjacking in Paris had “recently returned from England”, it was reported on Thursday.
In a coup de theatre, police caught the gunman on Wednesday night in an underground carpark and named him as Abdelhakim Dekhar – convicted in 1998 for giving a gun to a leftist couple that went on a “Bonnie-and-Clyde”-style killing spree four years previously.
Investigators suggest Abdelhakim Dekhar went to live in Britain after serving a prison sentence in relation to a high-profile French murder case of the 1990s.
Police found “confused” notes on Mr Dekhar containing rants about the situation in Libya and Syria that “might be an attempt to explain his acts”, although they said it was far too early to say whether there was any “political motivation” behind the violence.
Mr Dekhar – known to have moved in leftist circles – also slammed the French media and capitalism in general as a “fascist plot”, according to the Paris prosecutor.
The suspect was previously sentenced to four years in jail for buying a gun used in the 1994 attacks by Florence Rey, a 19-year old political science student, and her lover Audry Maupin, who murdered 3 policemen and a taxi driver in a case that gripped France.
Mr Maupin died in the chase, while Miss Rey, a fresh-faced student from a middle-class family, was a figure of fascination, as she showed no emotion during her trial in which she maintained a stony silence.
She had claimed that Mr Dekhar, 46, was the “third man” in their killing spree.
More in Libération.
Details on the Rey-Maupin (‘Natural Born Killers’) case on Wikipedia (French).
English Wikipedia says,
“Florence Rey (born August 25, 1975) and her boyfriend Audry Maupin (born October 4, 1972) were involved in a shoot-out in central Paris on October 4, 1994 following a high speed car chase. The incident caused the deaths of five people; three policemen, a taxi driver, and Maupin.”
“Florence Rey was a 19 year old student studying philosophy at the Science-Po and Audry Maupin was a 22 year old drop-out from the faculty of medicine at Nanterre. At the time of the incident they were living together in a squat in an abandoned bourgeoise house in Nanterre. The pair were already under observation by the Renseignements Généraux, the French secret police, prior to the incident due to their involvement with an underground political group. When the police searched their squat after the killings they found revolutionary and anarchist literature, such as The Society Of The Spectacle by Guy Debord. They found the couple’s writings, which echoed surrealism, radicalism and situationism.”
Abdelhakim Dekhar was the “third man” in this affair.
The Nouvel Observateur reports that Dekhar claims that his actions had something to with a “fascist plot”.
Le tireur présumé avait écrit une autre lettre “non datée”, remise par l’homme qui l’hébergeait, dans laquelle il dénonçait “un complot fasciste” et accusait “les médias de participer à la manipulation des masses”. Il s’en prenait également au ”capitalisme” et à “la gestion des banlieues”, qui s’apparentait, selon lui, à “une entreprise de déshumanisation sur des populations dont le grand capitalisme ne veut pas”.
The presumed gunman had written a ‘undated’ letter, left in the hands of the man who lodged him, in which he denounced a “fascist plot”, and accused “the media of participation in the manipulation of the masses”. He also attacked “capitalism”, “the management of the suburban housing estates”, which is part, in his eyes, of an “enterprise which dehumanises the population of which big capital has no need.”
Rue 89 adds there is a second letter,
in which Abdelhakim Dekhar evokes Islam, the situation in Syria and condemns a ” conspiracy that aims to bring back fascism. “
The letter ends by quoting a passage from “Song of the Partisans ”
Le Monde reports that will undergo a psychiatric examination.