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Alain Soral: Far-Right, ‘Red-Brown’ Holocaust Denier Arrested.

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Soral: in French Courts Again.

France Info reports,

The far-right polemicist and writer Alain Soral was arrested on Tuesday and then placed in police custody in Paris by the brigade for the repression of personal delinquency (BRDP) for “public provocation to commit a crime or offence against the fundamental interests of the Nation “ . His custody was extended on Wednesday. According to franceinfo, Alain Soral will be referred this Thursday to the Paris prosecutor’s office.

A preliminary investigation is underway. In question, comments that the polemicist would have made on his site Equality and Reconciliation. The content of the speech is not known. His home was then searched. The reason for his arrest, “public provocation to commit a crime or offense affecting the fundamental interests of the Nation”, targets anyone threatening to attack political actors with national responsibilities.

This is not the first time that the far-right essayist Alain Soral has come into contact with justice. In January 2019, he was sentenced to one year in prison for “racial insult, provocation and incitement to hatred” by the Bobigny criminal court. The polemicist attacked a public prosecutor on his site. Last June, he was fined 5,000 euros, with the possibility of imprisonment in the event of non-payment for having contested the existence of the Shoah.

On July 6, his Youtube channels were deleted by the online video platform. The reason: “repeated breaches of the conditions of use” .

In 2019, “Alain Soral sentenced to one year in prison for having described the Pantheon as a “kosher waste reception centre”

The list is long:

 

Soral is a convicted Holocaust denier.

The list of legal cases and prosecutions against him is long and stretches back to 2008.

Procès intentés contre Alain Soral: Condemnations.

His friendship with the ‘comedian’ anti-Semitic Dieudonné has kept him in the wider, and youthful, public eye.

In fact Dieudonné’s YOutube channel was removed just before Soral’s.

Après Dieudonné, YouTube se débarrasse aussi de la chaîne d’Alain Soral

Alain Soral is not – the least you can say – a classical fascist.

The online politics of Alain Soral

Evelyne Pieiller wrote this article in 2013, but the account holds for today.

Visitors to Alain Soral’s Egalité et Réconciliation (Equality and Reconciliation, E & R) website see pictures of Hugo Chávez, Che Guevara, Muammar Gaddafi, Patrice Lumumba, Thomas Sankara, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Fidel Castro and Vladimir Putin on the left of the masthead. Joan of Arc and Soral are on the right. The site, with its motto “leftwing on labour, but rightwing values”, is France’s 269th most popular, a few places behind the TV magazine Télérama.

The juxtaposition of Guevara and Putin, of Chávez and rightwing values is a sign of the confused political times. The big questions are, who stands for what and what does it mean to be on the right or left?

He has not been afraid to change direction: from (apparently brief) membership of the Communist Party in the 1990s, to the Anti-Zionist List, co-founded with the comedian-activist Dieudonné (M’bala M’bala) for the 2009 EU elections, with two years in the Front National. He stresses his “bloody-mindedness” in a way reminiscent of the late lawyer Jacques Vergès, whose funeral he attended this August.

Soral, who is also a martial arts enthusiast, is subtly but clearly a mix of eternal adolescent — his questions are intense, and he’s non-conformist in what he engages with, and ignores — and man in the street: he has the heroic, robust isolation of someone without party or support, trying to see things for what they are, despite opposition. Filmed in casual clothes, on a sofa, he is the antithesis of an academic or career politician, and picks and mixes his ideologies; this is popular online with many people who no longer have the political education from party or union membership that once shaped their views.

Many of Soral’s ideas would be unexpected on British ‘red-brown’ sites,

The new world order, “the empire”, seeks a democracy in name only, the “power of the richest” that upholds an abstract egalitarianism replacing the question of social inequality and class exploitation with societal questions, justifying this in the name of human rights.

Soral advocates “leaving the European Union, leaving NATO, and reclaiming control of our currency … to restore France’s sovereignty and give democracy some of its meaning back”, fighting the obsolescence of nation states and introducing protectionism.

Some of Soral’s principles surely strike a chord in these quarters.

His view of the nation is that, to protect the people, it should reject selfishness and “cosmopolitan profits”; this supposes that the nation has a single essence, a spirit that belongs to a particular culture, and that it must exclude amoral cosmopolitanism. Starting with a call for sovereignty in the face of supranational laws, he arrives at a near-mythic conception of the nation that will allow the creation of “a labour, patriotic and popular front against all the networks of finance and globalised ultra-liberalism” (4): what he calls a “national fraternal community, conscious of its history and culture”, uniting those who want the most equitable division of work and wealth and those who want to preserve what is good and human in the Helleno-Christian tradition, which he presumes led to the demand for true equality.

The article then enters more controversial territory where red and brown conspiracy theories of the confusionist left and right, meet. That is the world of “secret networks that infiltrate all the decision-making institutions of the empire, neutralising or corrupting political action.”

He believes that Jews are at the root of these conspiracies, linked to the rapacious US — it’s the old accusation that they are rootless cosmopolitans intent on the accumulation of capital; banks are Jewish, the press is Jewish, the destruction of national unity is Jewish. Soral hates them obsessively and sees them everywhere. He says his views are anti-Zionist, and oppose Israeli policy — but they are straight anti-Semitism, not support for the Palestinians, or mere provocation.

That is a fair introduction to Soral, although he would certainly defend the claim that he backs the Palestinians.

Soral’s ideas cover broader areas.

Soral’s views summarised:

 Soral’s ideology tends to focus on seven main themes:

More recently Soral has emphasised the ‘red’ side of his red-brown politics, backing the Gilets Jaunes.

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Soral also defends the heritage of  ‘European civilisation’.

Soral’s supporters are already protesting against the arrest.

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Written by Andrew Coates

July 30, 2020 at 11:15 am

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  1. Now, let’s arrest Kehinde Andrews for his racism. Or does he have a free ride because he is black or blackish because his mother is white?

    Dave Roberts

    July 30, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    • If you bothered to read the post you would find that Dieudonné has been banned from YouTube (believe me, he is as popular as Wiley).

      He has also been prosecuted for his racism.

      “Dieudonné M’bala M’bala (born 11 February 1966), generally known by his stage name Dieudonné (French: [djø.dɔ.ne]), is a French comedian, actor and political activist. He has been convicted for hate speech,[1] advocating terrorism,[2] and slander[3] in Belgium and in France.”

      ” 2007, Dieudonné approached Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the National Front political party that he had fought earlier, and the men became political allies and friends.[7] Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson appeared in one of his shows in 2008.[8][9] Dieudonné described Holocaust remembrance as “memorial pornography”.[10] Dieudonné has been convicted in court eight times on antisemitism charges.[11] Dieudonné subsequently found himself with increasing frequency banned from mainstream media, and many of his shows were cancelled by local authorities.[8][12][13][14][15][16] Active on the internet and in his Paris theater, Dieudonné has continued to have a following.[17] His quenelle signature gesture became notorious in 2013, particularly after footballer Nicolas Anelka used the gesture during a match in December 2013.”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieudonn%C3%A9_M%27bala_M%27bala

      Andrew Coates

      July 30, 2020 at 7:08 pm

  2. It’s interesting and indeed surprising that France already has the same anti-free speech laws on the statue books that Scotchland is about to bring in. Thought the Jocks always got there first in all things oppressive.

    Selma

    July 31, 2020 at 1:29 am

    • I am – half – Scottish – hint, first name.

      Being a tolerant kind of chap I let you comment.

      Andrew Coates

      July 31, 2020 at 8:10 am

  3. You must admit that the proposed ‘anti-hate speech’ laws are problematic. If someone takes offense at a play or art work, then that is a criminal offence. Plays such as ‘Macbeth’ or ‘Othello’ could become illegal. We’d have to becme like Stalinist Russia and organise a samidaz movement. What larks!

    Sue R

    July 31, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    • I am not sure that they would do that.

      I am personally offended that Julius Caesar is not in Latin.

      Andrew Coates

      July 31, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    • That’s why the only comedy left now is toilet humour but how long before that gets flushed down the pan,

      Bernard Manning

      July 31, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    • These ‘anti-hate’ speech laws are copied straight from the Criminal Code of the Soviet Union. If you said something in private and were denounced you would find soon yourself facing either a ‘tenner’, ten years in the gulag or execution.

      Tatayana.

      July 31, 2020 at 11:34 pm

  4. Alain Soral is neither a racist nor a fascist. His arrest is another sign that civil liberties are dead in France – free speech in this case.

    Soral always specified the difference between the Jewish cabal that is ever more influential in France, and the humble French Jews who will pay the price in the end. He is also famous for daring to criticize Zionists for their treatment of Palestinians and for causing unending wars in the Middle East.

    He is being accused for “provocation to commit a crime or offence against the fundamental interests of the Nation”. But the words “fundamental interests of the Nation” actually mean: the fundamental interests of Israel. The infamous CRIF (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France – in English: Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions) is as powerful in France as AIPAC is in the US.

    It is common knowledge that former president Sarkozy – the one who pushed so hard for the destruction of Libya – is Jewish. His successor François Hollande is not, according to jewornotjew.com/profile.jsp?ID=1360, which notes: “though there are rumors to the contrary” (picture).

    As for sitting president Macron: “going back through the family tree of Emmanuel Macron to the 6th and 7th generation in the early 1700’s we find multiple references to the Hesse family… (whose) roots are of German Jewish ancestry (coat of arms).” And before entering politics, he was working for the Banque Rothschild.

    Soral’s arrest is completely ignored by the French media, 95% of which are subsidized by the government.

    “Ami, entends-tu les cris sourds du pays qu’on enchaîne?” – from the French Resistance song, le Chant des Partisans.

    WCFN

    August 24, 2020 at 5:53 am

  5. … the above comment is my own, not that of WCFN. Signed: Mark Duchamp

    WCFN

    August 24, 2020 at 6:00 am


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