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French Front National, Eurasianism and Putin’s Russia.

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Pro-Putin French Far-Right.

This appeared in Le Monde yesterday.

Moscow-Paris-Vienna : the meetings and acquaintances of Aymeric Chauprade, Adviser of Marine Le Pen

Le Monde.  (Adapted Extracts)

The Eurodeputy for the Front National – Rassemblement Bleu Marine (RBM), –Aymeric Chauprade (wikipedia – in English), took part in strange meeting on Saturday the 31st of May in Vienna.  (Austria)

The meeting was called under the title of the 200 years of the Holy Alliance, which brought together Imperial Russia, the Austrian Empire, and the Prussian kingdom.

The event was organised by the the Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeev, who is linked to Ukrainian separatists in  Donetsk in the Ukraine.

According to the Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger,  this get-together was held to discuss how to save  Europe from liberalism (economic and political) and the “homosexual lobby”.

Those present included  Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of the far-right Austrian  FPÖ  (allies of  Marine Le Pen),  and  Volen Siderov of the Bulgarian extreme-right party  Ataka  (with whom Le Pen refuses to work).

The most striking guest was Aleksandr Gelyevich Dugin  Putin’s éminence grise  and Eurasian ideologue. (1)

M. Chauprade has already worked with the most radical wing of the Pro- Putin forces.

During the Crimean referendum in Crimea he was an observer for a NGO linked to Eurasian ideas, the Eurasian Observatory for Democracy and Elections (EODE) (2).

This body is led by  Luc Michel, European National Communitarian Party (ENCP) (3), a red-brown groupuscule  that continues the work of the neo-fascist Jean Thiriart.

The EODE  observers came from diverse quarters, from the Greek Communist Party (KKE) Die Linke, Forza italia (qui  the Flemish far-right, Vlaams Belaang  and  Enrique Ravello of  Plataforma per Catalunya.  The latter had been a member of the  Cedade,  a grouping of Spanish neo-Nazis.

References from Wikipedia.

(1) Aleksandr Gelyevich Dugin (RussianАлекса́ндр Ге́льевич Ду́гин, born 7 January 1962) is a Russian political scientisttraditionalist, and one of the most popular ideologists of the creation of a Eurasian empire that would be against the “North Atlantic interests”. He is known for his fascist views,[1][2][3][4] and had close ties to the Kremlin and Russian military.[5] Dugin serves as an adviser to State Duma speaker (and key member of the ruling United Russiaparty) Sergei Naryshkin.[6]

(2) Eurasian Observatory for Democracy and Elections (EODE) is a Russia-based far-right non-governmental organization which on its website claims that it monitors elections.[1][2] According to its website, it specializes in the “self-proclaimed republics” (AbkhaziaTransdnistriaNagorno-Karabakh).[3][1] It is led by the Belgian far-right activist Luc Michel.[4] EODE’s other leader is Jean-Pierre Vandersmissen. Both Michel and Vandermissen are followers of the Belgian Neo-Nazi politician Jean-François Thiriart.[5][6][7]

According to Oliver Bullough, on its website the organization stated that “it shares the values of “the current Russian leadership and V.V. Putin.””[8]

EODE visited Crimea during the 2014 Crimean referendum international observer team and claimed that the referendum was conducted in a legitimate manner.[9][10]

The organization has offices in Moscow, Paris, Brussels, Sochi and Chișină

(3)The Parti communautaire national-européen (PCN) is a Belgium-based political organisation led by Luc Michel, a former member of the Neo-Nazi FANE party. A largely National Bolshevik movement, it also has activists in France.[1]

The PCN was founded in 1984 as a successor to the similar Parti Communautaire Européen. The party bases its ideas on those of Jean-François Thiriart,[1] who served as an advisor to Michel for a time after the foundation of the group, and seeks the creation of a single European state stretching entity from Russia to the Atlantic coast. Including activists with origins on both the far right and far left, it seeks to liberate Europe from its ‘Yankee and Zionist enemies’.[2] Its founding membership included both those whose background was neo-fascism and former Maoists.[3] It has also been noted for giving support to controversial world leaders, most notably Iraq‘s Saddam Hussein and Libya‘s Muammar al-Gaddafi.[4] It also declared its support for ecologism.[5] According to Eric Rossi PCN belongs to a strand of the Francophone far right that he identifies as “ethno-differentialist revolutionary nationalism”, in which he also includes Nouvelle Résistance, Groupe Union Défense, Troisième voie and Groupement de recherche et d’études pour la civilisation européenne. He contrasts this with the “exclusivist nationalists” (as represented by Œuvre française) and the “supremacist racialist nationalists” (Fédération d’action nationale et européenne and Parti nationaliste français et européen), although including all three groups within a wider model of neo-fascism.[6]

The party has, from time to time, contested elections in Belgium and France (without securing elected office), although at the last Belgian elections they told their supporters to vote for the Vlaams Belang.


It is becoming clearer what Searchlight and Gerry Gable are talking about.

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  1. As in any struggle of this type, far-right elements will flock to both sides like flies to a dunghill. And both sides can point to the other side’s fascist connections in an orgy of shrill hypocrisy. The problem with the Gable/Shekhovtsov line is not so much that the facts it refers to are incorrect (though some of them may be – Searchlight’s research is not infallible), but that it is partial. It plays up the fascist elements on the “Russian” side (who are certainly there, and very ugly), and plays down the analogous elements on the Ukrainian side. And the problem with concentrating solely on the fascist elements on either side is that the real social grievances articulated by both sides can tend to be lost in a welter of self-righteous “anti-fascist” moralising. Any solution to the crisis will necessarily involve dealing with those grievances.

    The Russian nationalist media is very enthusiastic about the gains of radical parties of both left and right in the EU elections, because they threaten the cohesiveness of the EU bloc, which Russian nationalists have identified as an enemy. This is just a mirror image of the “geo-political” approach we find in the West, where any party identified as “anti-Russia” or “anti-Putin” gets an easy ride, whatever its politics may be.


    June 7, 2014 at 11:30 am

  2. This is an interesting development. I wonder if any of these guys refer back to Francis Yockey, who promoted a Eurasionist viewpoint back in the 1950s.

    Dr Paul

    June 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm

  3. The influence of fascists within the Ukrainian military and security forces is certainly a matter of concern. But noone can seriously claim that their ideology is that of Poroshenko, or of Merkel and Brussels. But the integralist nationalism of Putin is today the ideology of the Russian leadership and state , and of its puppet republic in Donetsk, who put the tsarist doubleheaded eagle onto the Russian tricolour and give an explicit privileged position to the Russian Orthodox hierarchy who have actually canonised Tsar Nicholas ffs! Both should be opposed. But illusions in the ‘progressive’ and ‘anti-imperialist’ nature of Putin’s Russia is more common on the left and must be fought tooth and nail as a degenerate relic of senile Tankyism. Imperialism is not just a rude word for US foreign policy. It is a global system of which Moscow is as much a part as Washington. Or should we have taken sides in the Valentine’s Day massacre and supported the North Side gang against Al Capone in the name of a multi-centric underworld?

    stephen marks

    June 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm

  4. There is also the tendency to exaggerate the importance of small groups with striking ideological positions, like Euranianism or references to (on the other side) to Stepan Andriyovych Bandera.

    Looking at the actors you find this to begin with:

    It has been pointed out that the new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is a bit of a flip-flop politically and ideologically.

    Checking this out you find,

    “Poroshenko first won a seat in the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian Parliament) in 1998. He was initially a member of the United Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (SDPU), the party loyal to president Leonid Kuchma at the time.[11] Poroshenko left SDPU(o) in 2000 to create an independent left-of-center faction, naming it Solidarity.[11][18] In 2001 Poroshenko was instrumental in creating the Party of Regions, also loyal to Kuchma, but Solidarity never joined it.[19] However, in December 2001 he broke ranks with Kuchma supporters to become campaign chief of Viktor Yushchenko’s Our Ukraine Bloc opposition faction. After parliamentary elections in March 2002 in which Our Ukraine won the biggest share of the popular vote and Poroshenko won a seat in parliament”

    “In the March 2006 parliamentary election Poroshenko was re-elected to the Ukrainian parliament with the support of Our Ukraine electoral bloc.[11] He chaired the parliamentary Committee on Finance and Banking. Allegedly, since Poroshenko claimed the post of Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament for himself, the Socialist Party of Ukraine chose to be part of the Alliance of National Unity because it was promised that their party leader, Oleksandr Moroz, would be elected chairman if the coalition were formed.[24] This left Poroshenko’s Our Ukraine and their ally Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc out of the Government.”

    This goes, in great detail, on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petro_Poroshenko

    Andrew Coates

    June 8, 2014 at 10:29 am

  5. Of course, National Bolshevism isn’t all that far off an extreme version of ‘Socialism in one Country’.

    Rhys Needham

    June 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

  6. I don’t often agree with Stephen Marks, but on this occasion he’s spot-on.

    As for taking sides on the St Valentine’s Day massacre …

    Jim Denham

    June 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm

  7. The drone supporting left naturally flock to the pro imperialist side, so in Ukraine they side with a junta led by Oligarchs and backed by fascist street thugs and in Syria they side with Islamic fundamentalists. This should surprise no one, though the next time they call us anti Semitic for supporting the rights of Palestinians we should not be shy to point out that the decents have now embraced the descendants of the Ukrainian section of the Nazi holocaust project.

    All genuine leftists should support those in the East of Ukraine who have been disenfranchised. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you guys!

    Socialism In One Bedroom

    June 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

  8. I’ll support those who don’t claim that the only ‘genuine leftists’ are those who agree with them.

    Igor Belanov

    June 9, 2014 at 7:29 pm

  9. […] Every now and again, a Trot gets it right: […]

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