Friday, October 31, 2014

The Emerging Split in the Extreme Right

The deep cleavages in the mainstream parties have never been more apparent. Less obvious, however, is the emerging split in the extreme right. Alain Soral, together with his partner Dieudonné, wants to forge an alliance between right anarchists, his traditional stock-in-trade, and the young and angry shock troops of les banlieues. To do this, he is banking on "the new antisemitism" exemplified by Dieudonné, an antisemitism obsessed with the destruction of Israel (and therefore calling itself anti-Zionism) and eager to identify with radical Islamism and, lately, with the so-called Islamic State (aka ISIS).

The Front National, on the other hand, has been trying to divest itself of Le Pen père's legacy of antisemitism, which Le Pen fille views as the principal impediment to the mainstreaming of her party and the last remaining obstacle on the road to actually taking power at the national level. Her foreign policy advisor Aymeric Chauprade has therefore written in support of the American bombing of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, thus putting himself in Soral's sights. Soral, who wears a T-shirt emblazoned "Goy," has therefore attacked Chauprade as a "Zionist agent" and is agitating for his removal from his FN post.

4 comments:

DavidinParis said...

Le Pen, fille, should consider changing the name of her party if she wishes to go mainstream. She cannot really change her own name, so she should take a back seat. And by the way, that logo (a tri-color flame)!!!!!!

Arun Kapil said...

I wouldn't make too much of this. Soral and Dieudonné are not actors in electoral politics and despite occasional lists presented in European and other elections, never will be. They cannot possibly compete with the FN in the political arena and likely don't seek to. And insofar as their political profile is raised, this helps Marine LP's dédiabolisation strategy, as she looks moderate and reasonable compared with these branleurs.

Mitch Guthman said...

I agree with Arun. I don't see a split. I see a debate about which mask best hides the face of evil

Anonymous said...

A superficial reading. Being antizionist is not necessarilly antisemitic. There are strong anticolonial grounds for hostility to Israel. I don't see Dieudonne as being on the right in the same way as Marine Le Pen is. Anarchic, perhaps. On the right, no.