Monday, December 15, 2014

The Extreme Right and "Entrisme"

"Entrisme," or "entryism" in English, is a political strategy in which an organization encourages its members to join another organization in order to influence its actions and gain power. In the French context, the term usually calls to mind Trotskyists or Lambertists making their way among the Socialists (older heads will remember the flap around Lambertist entrisme when Lionel Jospin, an alleged entriste, was prime minister). But suddenly entrisme is in vogue on the extreme right. Not only do we see the head of a prominent gay organization joining the FN (see previous post). We also learn that the extreme nationalist group SIEL has placed one of its members, Fatima Allaoui, in a high position in the UMP (the story was broken by Libération). And the FN itself has been attempting entrisme with the union Force Ouvrière. Actually, there's nothing new about FN entrisme, but with the party's fortunes on the rise, there's more reason to take notice.


Arun said...

To label this Fatima Allaoui "extrême droite" is misleading, as she was a member of the UMP even last year, having joined the pro-FN microparty - which no one has heard of - only recently.,693052.php

FrédéricLN said...

People looking for paid electoral mandates (±4,000 to be allocated at Départementales elections) should seriously consider joining FN/RBM. FN is leading the last Odoxa poll at 28% and I would be surprised if the party obtained less than 200 seats, instead of 2 presently (Jean-Paul Dispard at Brignoles; Patrick Bassot at Carpentras,

FrédéricLN said...

Well, I *am* surprised, UMP and FN could obtain that the 25% of votes FN got, result in only 1.5% of seats (62 out of ±4050).

Mr Sarkozy's "ni-ni" strategy (neither vote PS nor FN at second turn), an innovation as far as I remember (against the tradition of "vote républicain" against the far right) has been completely validated by these results: enough voters of other parties including the left, chose UMP at second turn.

December 2015 "élections régionales" use proportional representation, with an additional allocation of 25% of seats to the list ranked first. FN votes, if still at 25%, or more, would convert into 19% of seats (±300 nationwide). If in some Régions, FN gets relative majority with 35-40% of votes at second turn, which may well happen if the left and the right do not merge their lists between the two turns, FN will obtain the absolute majority of seats in these regions. And according to Mr Sarkozy's strategy, UMP and PS would neither merge lists nor give up to the other party between the two turns.

Some easily provocative votes of the new, and minority, FN conseillers départementaux, for example on the topic of social allowances (RSA...) for foreigners, may help FN reach this threshold.