Dr Jean-Yves Camus

Email address: jycamus75@yahoo.fr


Director, Observatoire des radicalités politiques, Fondation Jean-Jaurès

Associate Fellow, Institut de relations internationals et stratégiques

Member of Scientific Board, Délégation interministérielle à la lutte contre le racism, l’antisémitisme et la haine anti-LGBT, the Prime Minister’s Office

Commentator and analyst of radical right extremism in France and Europe past and present.

Specialist research areas:

Extreme-Right and Radical Right parties/movements in France and Europe;  neo-Nazi/ neo-Fascist political violence and terrorism; history of the relations between Russia and the European Right ( mainstream Conservative and Radical Right) since the XIXth century; Catholic Traditionalist and Counter-Revolutionary Right since the XIXth century.

Available for consultation in the following areas:

Courses and workshops; reports; government consultancy (more than 20-years practice in the French higher public service including diplomacy); live / pre-recorded media interviews in French and English (including print, online, radio and television); and editorials


Dr. Jean-Yves CAMUS is a specialist on the French and European Radical Right and was one of the very first scholars to study the former Front national (now Rassemblement national) in the early 1980s. He has also paid early attention to the New Right and Identitarian movement, as well as to the history and ideology of the Catholic Traditionalist movement and Counter-Revolutionary thinking. He has extensively written on those topics in French, English, German and other European languages. He has lectured worldwide on those topics and is now associated with the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at George Washington University, working on a long-time research project aiming at writing the history of the relations between Russia and the European Right in the XXth Century. In the past, he has led the Centre d’études et de recherches sur le racism et l’antisémitisme contemporains (CERA).

Also holding a degree in Public administration from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) and having held senior positions in public service, he seats on the Scientific Board of several State Commissions dealing with the issues of Racism, Antisemitism and Terrorism and regularly lectures at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.. He has authored reports for the Council of Europe, the French Commission nationale consultative des droits de l’Homme and other French or European Public bodies. He has lately been called to testify before the Assemblée nationale on the topic of radical right extremism.

Dr.Camus, who is a frequent guest of the major French radio and TV networks, is the author or editor of many books, articles or academic book chapters. Among them are: Les droites extrêmes en Europe (with Nicolas Lebourg, 2015, translated into Korean, Japanese and Spanish), published in English as Far Right Politics in Europe (Harvard University Press, 2017; L’Extrême- Droite aujourd’hui. (Editions Milan, 1998); Front National. Eine Gefahr für die französische Demokratie? (Bouvier Verlag, Bonn,1998); Le Front National, histoire et analyses (Editions Olivier Laurens, 1997); Les extrémismes en Europe  (éd.). Editions de l’Aube, 1996 ; 1997 and 1998; Les droites nationales et radicales en France » (with René Monzat, Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 1992).

Published volumes underpinning his expertise include : Key Thinkers of the Radical Right (Oxford University Press, 2019) ; Les États européens face aux militantismes violents. Dynamique d’escalade et de désescalade ( Paris, Riveneuve, 2019) ; Le retour des populismes (éditions La Découverte 2018); Entangled Far Rights: A Russian-European Intellectual Romance in the Twentieth Century (Pittsburgh University Press, 2018) ; Eurasianism and the European Far-Right ( Lexington Books, 2017); La Violence des marges politiques des années 1980 à nos jours, ( Paris, Riveneuve, 2017) ; Europäische Identität in der Krise? (Springer VS, 2017) ; Les faux-semblants du Front national (Presses de sciences Po, 2015) ; Dictionnaire historique et critique du racisme ( Presses Universitaires de France, 2013) ; Varieties of Right-Wing Extremism in Europe (Routledge, 2012) La Extrema Derecha en Europa desde 1945 a nuestros dias ( Tecnos, Madrid 2007) ; Extrême- droite et national- populisme en Europe de l’ouest  (Centre de Recherches et d’Information Socio-Politiques, Bruxelles, 2004) ;  Le Front national à découvert (Presses de la Fondation nationale des sciences politiques, 1989, 2nd edition 1996) ;