Sunday, May 26, 2013

Extreme Rightists Occupy PS Headquarters

The big anti-gay marriage demo has provided a screen for various extreme-right groups, one of which has invaded and occupied the PS headquarters on rue Solferino. Now the police will have to get them out. The way in which the Taubira law has energized the Right and provided a theater for some of its more extreme groupuscules to stage their antics is a fascinating phenomenon, and one that I wouldn't have predicted. It's also been fascinating to watch J.-F. Copé attempt to exploit the demonstration, which no doubt attracts his ambitious eye because it has mobilized segments of the Right outside the orbit of the Front National and just possibly susceptible to a cleverly crafted message from the governmental Right. Copé hasn't yet hit on that message, but you can sense his desperate search. The Le Penists have been curiously inaudible on this issue, perhaps because MLP is laid up with a broken back, but perhaps because it doesn't really play into their new economic populist positioning.

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