Xenophobia Continues to be Pervading Problem in France

Xenophobia and anti-Islamic sentiment have been on the rise in Europe, and France is no stranger to this trend. Racism in public discourse has become especially conspicuous in recent years.  In the political arena, politicians are no strangers to dealing with xenophobia. This turmoil can be attributed in part to the influx of immigrants from […]

Mayor of Nice Targets Roma in Racialized “Call to Revolt”

Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice and prominent member of the Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP), presented on Sunday his instructions for “subduing” the gens du voyage, or travelers, as the Roma are often called. His proposal consists of installing surveillance cameras in Roma camps, reviving registration plates, and even enforcing a judiciary procedure […]

European Parliament Revokes Le Pen’s Immunity

Front national (FN) president and Member of the European Parliament Marine Le Pen has lost her parliamentary immunity, opening the way to hate speech prosecution in France. Le Pen was stripped of her immunity by a large margin following a show-of-hands vote in the European Parliament on July 2. She was present for the vote […]

Increasing Taxes on Families Seen as “Lesser of Two Evils”

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has announced his decision on the reform of family benefits, as part of a solution to closing a two billion euro annual deficit of the Caisse nationale des allocation familiales (CNAF), part of France’s social security program. Ayrault has been working with the Haut conseil de la famille (HCF) on plans to […]

Le Pen Faces Legal Trouble for Anti-Muslim Speech

Front national (FN) leader and member of the European Parliament Marine Le Pen may face charges over inciting racial hatred after a special vote in the EP. In a December 2010 speech, Le Pen compared Muslims praying in French streets to France’s Nazi occupiers. French prosecutors had hoped to charge Le Pen with inciting religious […]

“Anti-White Racism”: How the Right Broke the Republican Pact

Politics is often a battle of spin doctors and communication experts. At this game, populist parties – in general at the extremes of the political spectrum – have always had the game easier than traditional parties. While the former tried and managed to play on people’s emotions, the latter were bonded by the responsibilities of […]

When the Devil files a complaint against the Virgin

Marine Le Pen does not like being associated with the dark hour of history and once again, she has made it known. The Front National (FN) announced on Sunday its intent to file a complaint against the singer, Madonna, following the broadcast of a video clip during her concert in Paris, which shows the President […]

Feature: The Le Pen Dynasty

In 1956, Jean-Marie Le Pen, then 27 years old, became the youngest deputy ever elected to the French National Assembly. In 1972, he founded the Front National (FN), the extreme-right party that would be his legacy. The party stayed relatively inactive until 1984, when it won ten seats in the European Parliament. Two years later […]