Posts Tagged ‘France’
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!