Tag: France

Jean Raspail, right wing prophet of ‘identity politics’ has died

Raspail’s influence has expanded beyond the small world of the radical right. Jean Raspail is author of the 1973 ‘Le Camp des Saints’ (The Camp of the Saints), a dystopian novel describing an invasion of immigrants from the Indian Subcontinent who land on the shores of Southern France in a flotilla of boats, then take… Continue reading “Jean Raspail, right wing prophet of ‘identity politics’ has died”

Action Française 2.0: CRAF and the Contemporary French Radical Right

In 2018, a little known controversy erupted in France over Charles Maurras (1868-1952), the lifelong leader of the Royalist movement, Action française (French action). The row was over the opportunity to include the centenary of his birth in the list of commemorations approved by the Ministry of Culture. To commemorate, however, is not to praise.… Continue reading “Action Française 2.0: CRAF and the Contemporary French Radical Right”

The French New Right 52 years On: Alive and Kicking as Ever

Once deemed to have become a marginal movement, the French New Right has gained new momentum. Its flagship think-tank, GRECE (Groupement de recherches et d’études pour la civilisation européenne), plans to hold its annual conference on June 20 (if the pandemic allows) for the first time since 2016 : the topic will be Carl Schmitt’s and… Continue reading “The French New Right 52 years On: Alive and Kicking as Ever”

Will France’s Marine Le Pen be a profiteer or victim of the pandemic?

Is it reasonable to expect that the radical populist right is going to make somewhat of a comeback after the CoVid-19 crisis has passed? For those of us who have been following the radical populist right over the past couple of decades, one of the central questions today is whether the radical populist right is… Continue reading “Will France’s Marine Le Pen be a profiteer or victim of the pandemic?”

Images of a ‘Better’ World? Fictional Storytelling in the Radical Right (Part II)

  Books and literature have become important elements of a thriving radical-right that not only sustains political and economic ideas, but also forms a cultural space held together by shared “cultural imaginaries”. This blog entry is part two of a mini-series that looks at how novels and other pieces of fiction help to envision ideal… Continue reading “Images of a ‘Better’ World? Fictional Storytelling in the Radical Right (Part II)”

2019 and beyond: growing threat of the radical right in French politics

Two years on from the historic electoral ‘rise’ of Emmanuel Macron as French President, the French political landscape is even more volatile. The last two years have been a landmark occasion for a number of populist radical right parties across Europe. A number have even entered into coalition government, most notably in Italy and in Austria..The… Continue reading “2019 and beyond: growing threat of the radical right in French politics”

Icons of radical right-wing populism: Maurice Barrès

In the third of CARR’s series looking at the ‘Icons of the Radical Right’, Professor Hans-Georg Betz takes a look at the life and times of French radical right novelist, journalist and politician Auguste-Maurice Barrès (19 August 1862 – 4 December 1923). It is autumn 1891. A man is found dead in a cemetery on the outskirts of… Continue reading “Icons of radical right-wing populism: Maurice Barrès”

Yellow Vests: The Irony of Transnational Nationalism

There is a certain irony of anti-European far-right groups in the UK utilizing and reproducing the promotion of French nationalism through the symbolic yellow vests. The so-called yellow vests, or the gilets jaunes — the original name given to the protesters adorned in high-visibility jackets who have been marching and rioting across France since November 2018 — have… Continue reading “Yellow Vests: The Irony of Transnational Nationalism”

“Hipster Fascists”: The Normalization Of The Radical Right Isn’t Just Happening In America

Just as neo-Nazis in America have tried to rebrand themselves, the same is happening with the Generation Identity (GI) white supremacist movement in Britain. In a recent article in the Sunday Times, journalist Andrew Gilligan claimed the Generation Identity (GI) movement in Britain was looking to ‘rebrand’ the radical right and thereby ‘normalize’ its extremist… Continue reading ““Hipster Fascists”: The Normalization Of The Radical Right Isn’t Just Happening In America”