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Far Right, Anti-Gay Marriage and Supporters of Dieudonné ‘Day of Rage’.

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Dieudonné - Paris, France

Dieudonné: Backs his Fascist Mates Today.

Catholic fundamentalists, ‘bonnets rouges’ (those protesting against taxes), far right Islamophobic activists, supporters of Dieudonné: a nameless political magma has called for a demonstration in Paris this  Sunday in a big “Day of Rage”. The event, prepared since last autumn, has gathered  nearly 30 000 members on Facebook.

The organisers hope to raise a motley crowd gathered around a slogan: “Holland resign!”. On its website the  Day of Rage  invokes a jumble of causes, “fiscal overkill, peasant poverty, unemployment, insecurity, the bankruptcy of National Education, the destruction of the family, contempt of the French identity,  violations of freedom and denial of democracy “ . Libération.

The list of causes is long, and it is best to look at the article to go through them. The majority are from the populist extreme right, including the ultra-Catholic wing.

Dieudonné has joined in. (Facebook)

Venez nombreux le 26 janvier à 14H place de la bastille ! et ne vous fiez pas aux rumeurs comme quoi la manif serait anti islam ! c’est faux !

Come in droves for the 26th of January, Place de la Bastille. Don’t believe the rumours that the demo will be anti-Islam – that’s false!

He cannot be at the march itself (he’s playing in Bordeaux today), but Dieudonné asks for his supporters to stand behind the ” Liberté D’expression” banner of Alain Soral.

This is what Soral has said about ‘Zionist-Jews’,

When you’re talking with a Frenchman who is a Zionist Jew, and you start to say, well maybe there are problems coming from your side, maybe you might have made a few mistakes, it’s not always the fault of other people if no-one can stand you wherever you go… because that’s basically their general history, you see… for 2,500 years, every time they settled somewhere, after about fifty years or so, they get kicked. You’d think that’s strange! It’s as though everyone is wrong except them. And the guy will start shouting, yelling, going mad… you won’t be able to carry on with the conversation. Which, to sum it all up, tells you that there’s a psychopathology with Zionism Judaism, something that verges on mental illness… Here.

It will be interesting to see if many of Maghrebin  descent will turn up to stand shoulder to shoulder with the French fascists.

Written by Andrew Coates

January 26, 2014 at 11:55 am

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  1. You obviously know more about France its society and politics than most of us here. It seems to me though that there are some strange alliances forming in France. It is as if all other prejudices have been put to one side in order to form an anti-semitic front of some sort. Soral is of course reviving, not that it ever really died out, the thinking behind the Protocols of The Elders of Zion which is still widely circulated in the Arab world and even on the school curriculum in some Arab countries.


    January 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm

  2. I don’t think anti-Semitism is the main thread here: it’s more similar to the 1930s ‘ligues’ who demonstrated with absolute hatred against the republican left.

    Andrew Coates

    January 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  3. Action Francais and Cross of Fire?


    January 26, 2014 at 3:28 pm

  4. Organisers say 160,000 people took part in the event. The police have given the official number as 17,000, but media reporting from the scene have disputed this and said it was higher.

    http://www.english.rfi.fr/europe/20140126-day-rage-protest-paris (in English)

    Nazi Salutes and Quenelles at the march,

    “L’Union des étudiants juifs de France (UEJF) a condamné dans un communiqué « les slogans antisémites ainsi que des saluts nazis effectués » en marge du défilé. Des photos de l’AFP montrent aussi beaucoup de personnes effectuant le geste de la quenelle, popularisé par Dieudonné.”


    Andrew Coates

    January 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm

  5. Andrew Coates

    January 27, 2014 at 12:27 pm

  6. Whichever is the true figure it is still a disturbingly large number of people especially given the weather. The far right in this country never achieved anywhere near those numbers, mind you neither did the far left.


    January 28, 2014 at 6:05 am

    • It’s interestingly a kind of mirror of the left, with all kinds of factional divisions and groups.

      All vile – and I really mean that.

      A kind of resurgence of the 1930s French far-right – from Action française (whose direct inheritors were there) onwards.

      However the main point is that this boosts the Front National.

      Andrew Coates

      January 28, 2014 at 10:48 am

  7. What role did FN play in this. I heard that they stayed away…

    Evan Siegel

    January 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    • Officially they did but the French media said the whole thing was infused with their politics.

      Andrew Coates

      January 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

  8. I think anti-Semitism is an ever present danger, no doubt about that.

    But, anyone who thinks Muslims are not now the main obsession of the far right are not only deluding themselves, but in themadmullahofbricklane case it is actual endorsement of anti Muslim bigotry and an endorsement of the far rights main preoccupation.

    Let us not beat around the bush, the comment about the Protocols of The Elders of Zion is designed to label an entire region and spread fear. And the thing is, this slips through the decent radar, a radar which detects literally anything smelling of ‘anti-Semitism’. This blatant and consistent double standards also show that the decents endorse this anti Muslim bigotry, and endorse the main preoccupation of the far right.

    Which makes all the guff about anti-Semitism totally irrelevant and not to be taken seriously.

    This site is a prime and stellar example of decency in action.

    Socialism In One Bedroom

    January 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm

  9. Dave Rich’s article on Dieudonne is interesting:-


    Also, The Report on Radio 4 had absolutely chilling interviews with Dieudonne’s supporters:-


    That really did sound like it came from the 1930s.

    I suggest Socialism in One Bedroom listen to the Report and he might concede that this is not antisemitism conjured up by a host of decents.

    I’ve done a piece on it, mostly quoting Rich



    January 31, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    • Rosie, I took the time to watch and listen to some of Dieudonné’s sketches (Youtube).

      They are, as Andrew Hussey says, not very good at making you laugh.

      “Dieudonné’s war on France: the Holocaust comedian who isn’t funny.”


      I suspect that humour is not the attraction.

      Andrew Coates

      January 31, 2014 at 7:14 pm

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