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Génération identitaire: French Government begins process to ban Far Right ‘Identity’ movement

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Far right: Darmanin initiated the dissolution of Generation Identity

Right-Wing Identity Politics.


France has begun a process to ban French far-right group Generation Identitaire, which is known to be hostile to migrants, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said.

Generation Identitaire has repeatedly tried to bar migrants from entering the country, conducting high-profile raids in the French Alps and the Pyrénées.

France seeking to ban far-right, anti-migrant group  National Post.

The Minister of the Interior had mentioned this procedure on January 26 after an anti-migrant operation in the  Pyrenees. About thirty militants were deployed between Luchon (Haute-Garonne) and the Spanish border. With cars screen printed with the words,  “Defend Europe”, they had settled at the Col du Portillon, some had gone on hikes using a drone to monitor the border. A preliminary investigation for “public provocation to racial hatred” had been opened. This investigation entrusted to the research brigade of the gendarmerie of Saint-Gaudens is justified by “remarks made on this banner very clearly anti-immigration and especially the reason why this banner was deployed”, explained the prosecutor of Saint- Gaudens (Haute-Garonne), Christophe Amunzateguy. A complaint from SOS Racisme was also received.

Le Parisian.

This ban, or in legal terms the ‘dissolution’ of a political group formed within French law on public associations, comes at a time when issues of identity have reached a new stage.

Liberal identity politics has, for some time, had a parallel on the right and the far-right.

In Britain this has largely taken the form of support for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. Within this push for national sovereignty and identity against the European Union included a strong cultural theme.

Research by Anthony Heath and Lindsay Richards indicates an

association between an English identity, a preference for a hard Brexit, and the red lines of restoring British sovereignty and the ability to make independent trade deals and ending free movement and budget contributions to the EU.

Nationalism, racism, and identity: what connects Englishness to a preference for hard Brexit? 2018

Pro-Brexit identity politics equally exists in the writings of a layer of ‘left wing’ pro-Brexit activists, such Paul Embery. The firefighter and Blue Labour supporter  defends the traditional working class, and, “old-fashioned concepts such as patriotism, self-discipline, conscience, religious belief, marriage…respect for tradition.” (Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class. 2020). It goes without saying that Embery is not favourable to immigration and free movement.

National populist identity politics are defended by Spiked guru Frank Furedi another militant pro-Brexiteer. Hungary, he wrote in November 2020, , has taken a brave stand against “West’s woke elites.”. The government of Viktor Orbán” voices sentiments and values that remain popular, and which resonate with millions of people throughout the world.”

..from the globalist standpoint of the Western cultural and political establishments, the values promoted by the Hungarian government are antithetical to ‘our worldview’. In the Hungarian government’s upholding of traditional values, many of which are associated with Christianity, or its defence of national sovereignty, the likes of the European Union or Big Tech see something archaic and threatening.

Hungary’s war on woke

Slightly further to the right are the ‘Identitaires‘. Their origins, largely French, go back to the early years of the new millenium. This grouping was “founded in 2003 by some former members of Unité Radicale and several other anti-Zionist and National Bolshevik sympathisers.”

But it is much better known in its present form.


Génération Identitaire (GI) was established in 2012 in France, stemming from a bigger movement called Les Identitaires (or previously Bloc Identitaire), and advocating for a new generation of active European citizens. The movement spread across the European continent and now has prominent affiliated groups in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Italy (e.g. Generation Identity, Identitäre Bewegung and Generazione Identitaria).

Génération Identitaire seeks to bring together young Europeans around a common cause: the defence of Europe. Defence… but against what? According to the activists of GI, the identity and the future of Europe are both in danger due the “Islamisation of Europe” and the “migrant invasion”.

The movement has already launched a protest against the ban.


Here are some of the first supporters of the call.

Ils ont pris position contre la dissolution de Génération Identitaire

Marine Le Pen (Présidente du Rassemblement National)
Jean Messiha (Président du cercle de réflexion Apollon)
André Bercoff (Animateur sur Sud Radio)
Robert Ménard (Maire de Béziers)

Written by Andrew Coates

February 14, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Generation Identity “helps” the White Homeless in Scotland.

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Fascists from Generation Identity Copy French Génération Identitaire.

‘Hipster fascists’ feed only white homeless while spreading race hate message in Glasgow

The Daily Record reports.

A​n extremist​ mob​ dubbed “hipster fascists” has been​ spotted spreading their race hate message – by selecting whites only as they gave out meals to homeless people.

Generation Identity members ​sported their branded steward-like y​ellow jackets as they spoke to rough sleepers on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street.

The group’s appearance, which bucks the right-wing trend of shaven-headed thugs from groups such as the English Defence League and National Action, has led to it being nicknamed “Hipster Fascists”.

This is worth noting.

Professor Alberto Testa, a world expert on far-right radicalisation and terrorism, said: “Generation Identity are what I have previously called the fascists of the 21st century – the millennial fascists.

“They do seem to be becoming more active in Scotland. Scotland seems to be a major focus of attention for Generation Identity and other groups like the banned National Action.”

Testa, an associate professor in criminology at the University of West London, added: “Generation Identity is organised with almost a military kind of discipline, where the location of meetings are disclosed to members at the last minute via email.

It’s not just in Scotland and it’s not new.

Generation Identity are directly copying the tactics of the French movement they are aligned with.

Amongst their actions is exactly the same ‘help the homeless’ – only the white homeless – campaign, Génération Identitaire – Génération Solidaire !les nôtres avant les autres !” (our ain folk before the others).

Here one can see them wearing the same yellow jackets out to help the white homeless (SDF, sans domicle fixe)  in Metz.



The French far right group faces numerous court cases


This is their latest action : Hautes-Alpes: Génération Identitaire devant la justice après son opération médiatique «anti-migrants» (11.7.19)

Génération identitaire a bloqué le col de l'Echelle, dans les Hautes-Alpes, le 21 avril 2018, pour empêcher les migrants de passer.

The ideology of the “Les Identitaires” which the British Generation Identity shares, can be described as opposition to Globalisation, liberalism multiculturalism, extra-European immigration and in defence of national populism, and popular democracy. They support cultural homogeneity inside European Nations.

They also stand for traditional working class and popular culture, menaced by cosmopolitan oligarchies and rootless elites.

While some of the identitaires’ ideas can be traced to the French ideologue and novelist Maurice Barrès (1862 – 1923 and the need to stand for “la terre et les morts” (the Soil and the – ancestral – dead) others are based on the threat from immigration and the “grand replacement” of indigenous Europeans Renaud Camus.

The more violent wing is inspired by The Camp of the Saints by Jean Raspail.

The more violent wing is inspired by The Camp of the Saints  by Jean Raspail which imagines this,

The migrants make their way north, having no desire to assimilate to French culture, but continuing to demand a First World standard of living, even as they flout laws, do not produce, and murder French citizens, such as factory bosses and shopkeepers, as well as the ordinary people who do not welcome them. They are also joined by the immigrants who already reside in Europe, as well as various left-wing and anarchist groups. Across the West, more and more migrants arrive and have children, rapidly growing to outnumber whites. In a matter of months, the white West has been overrun and the pro-immigrant governments are established, while the white people are ordered to share their houses and flats with the immigrants. The village containing the troops is bombed flat by airplanes of the new French government, referred to only as the “Paris Multiracial Commune”. Within a few years, most Western governments have surrendered. The mayor of New York City is made to share Gracie Mansion with three African-American families from Harlem, migrants gather at coastal ports in West Africa and South Asia and swarm into EuropeAustralia, and New Zealand, London is taken over by an organization of non-white residents known as the “Non-European Commonwealth Committee” which force the British queen to have her son marry a Pakistani woman, millions of black Africans from around the continent gather at the Limpopo River and invade apartheid South Africa, and only one drunken Soviet soldier stands in the way of hundreds of thousands of Chinese peasants as they overrun Siberia.

The movement has grown  from their French origins to  Generazione Identitaria in Italy and Identitäre Bewegung in Germany, and elsewhere, including Britain.

The French Far Right and Génération Identitaire.

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“The Identitarian movement is a pan-European socio-political movement that started in France in 2002 as a far-right youth movement deriving from the French Nouvelle Droite Génération Identitaire. Initially the youth wing of the anti-immigrant, far-right Bloc Identitaire, it has taken on its own identity and is largely classified as a separate entity altogether with the intent of spreading across Europe. The Identitarian movement advocates rights for members of specific European ethnocultural groups.” Wikipedia.

Last Night Channel Four News Broadcast a report, which covers a small French grouping within the ‘identitarian movement”, Génération Identitaire. Thisas can be seen, are only part of a wider far-right. view it here (I was signaled this by Facebook friends, I missed the programme):

France’s far-right youth movement emerging from the shadows

JONATHAN RUGMAN Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Marine Le Pen’s far right Front National party is reckoned to be the most popular amongst young people, with as many as 40% of 18 to 24 year olds backing her. Now a far-right youth movement is emerging from the shadows. It is called Generation Identitaire and it’s proposing controversial solutions to France’s social problems.

They also interviewed  Renaud Camus whose views on the “grand remplacement“, that is the replacement of the European Population by non-Europeans, has its roots in conspiracy theories that claim this is an organised process by “élites politiques, intellectuelles et médiatiques”.

There was no reference to the mountains of  criticisms that have been made of Camus’ ‘thesis’: from Hervé Le Bras onwards (see: here).

Génération Identitaire  claims to be the barricade raised by young people to struggle for their identity, the vanguard of youth.

The wider Bloc Identitaire has around 2,000 members, and 600 activists.  Génération Identitaire has a lot less, in the low hundreds.

The use of the term “identity”,  is both a reflection of the confusion of ‘identity politics”(if every group has to go back to its roots, why not the ‘French’?), and the long-standing opportunism of the French Far-right, which trawls through every possible popular theme in order to appeal to a potential audience, and never forgets to add an intellectual gloss to its propaganda.

Thus we have “nationalisme révolutionnaire“, groups which refer to, amongst others, Blanqui, Proudon, Sorel, Gregor and Otto Strasser, nad have admired, at various time, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and Iranian strong man Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

We also have, probably the biggest confusionist site of them all, Égalité et Réconciliation, which claims to stand for the Left on Work and the Right on Values is opposed to globalisation, and pitches much of its appeal to ‘an ‘anti-Zionist’ constituency. It is closely linked to the anti-Semite, Dieudonné.

This is their coming meeting:

The Front National’s appeal to the Sovereignty of the Nation is also intended to extend across classes and politics, and has succeeded in drawing in some (formerly  ‘left-wing’)  sovereigntists who agree that France must stand against the EU, Globalisation and Cosmopolitanism.

The report talked of young people’s support for the far-right.

This is a problem, though it is channeled into voting for the Front National rather than the groupuscles like GI.

Poll, 9.03.2017, people between 18 and 34 (Slate)

In examining these figures Jean-Laurent Cassely suggests that while young people generally have more liberal values than their elders, for the minority who do not hold them, the FN is appealing. That while there are fewer and fewer conservative voters those that are have moved further to the right, and that those too young to have memories of Marine Le Pen’s openly extreme father, Jean-Marie, are more inclined to cast their ballots for the FN.

Others look to the correlation between youth unemployment and support for the far-right.

The poll does show however that the total of young people backing left candidates, collected together, stands at …40%!

With 24% supporting the ‘centre’ Macron.

Channel Four mentioned protests against  Génération Identitaire‘s  Lille operation, but did not cover their ampleur, nor just how widely this was reported.

The far right group planned to open a bar to act as its headquarters in the northern city of Lille on 24 September 2016. Located just 200 metres from the Grand Palais, it will contain a boxing gym, a cinema a level advice centre, and a library. Aurélien Verhassel, the group’s local leader, said it would open only to ‘Europeans of French spirit, heirs to the Helleno-Christian civilisation’. Locals launched a petition to block the bar, called La Citadelle, citing concern that it ‘will propagate hate and cause incidents that are beyond control’.[15]

The petition had gathered more than 60,000 signatures by the 24th, but the Citadelle’s inauguration went ahead as planned with 30 members of the group present. Around 500 protesters, many of them supporters of the far-Left, marched behind banners with slogans such as ‘No fascists in our districts’ in an attempt to stop the bar’s official opening on the evening of the 24th.

In November 2016, demonstrations against the bar were still taking place. On the 19th, protesters had gathered between 600 and 1,200 people in the streets and 70,000 signatures against the bar on their online petition.


More simply: A Lille, des centaines de personnes réclament la fermeture du bar d’extrême-droite La Citadelle. Le Monde.

The Channel Four reporter’s reference to “tous les mosquees” instead of toutes les Mosqusées suggests an imperfect acquaintance with French.

There are, as the organigramme of the French far-right (above) indicates, many many groups, and this is just one, a marginal one.

The Boradcaster did not contrast the couple of thousand strong identitaire demonstration they showed with the over 100,000 moblised in Paris this Sunday by La France insoumise or the over 20,000 who attended the rally for Socialist Presidential candidate  Benoît Hamon.

Written by Andrew Coates

March 22, 2017 at 2:21 pm