Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Another Overture to the Extreme Right

When Nicolas Sarkozy was elected president, he surprised many--including many in his own party--with his apparent ouverture to the left. Now, the only apparent ouverture is to the extreme right, and, unlike the other, it is not openly avowed. A group "associated with the UMP," La Droite libre, will be staging a debate, at UMP headquarters, on the subject "Immigration, Islamism, France Threatened?"

The founder of La Droite libre is one Rachid Kaci, a deputy prefect (le devoir de réserve not withstanding). He has an interesting past.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am not sure that the etiquette (or epithet) "extreme right" is appropriate. People otherwise not very extreme in anything - vis-à-vis race, for instance - hold very strong positions unfavorable to ostentatious Islam.
I'm not saying that since this is common, daresay mainstream, among the right that such commonality makes these positions on Islam's place in society less extreme. its just that, the very rigid (as I see it) view of laicity which can seem extreme for others is widespread stretching beyond typical extreme right circles



Chris P.

Louis said...

An interesting guy this Kaci. About the miserabilism of the Left, it reminds me of what I read about Condolezza Rice when she became secretary of state. I know a few ex-Grandes Ecoles of "visible minority" origin who are as disapointed with the attitude of the Left towards them. On the Left they see miserabilism, on the conservative right more or less hidden scorn and rejection. Some of them find solace in the same ultra-liberalism, individual first, we have nothing to complain about, dog-eat-dog lingo Kaci emphasizes. Some also become overtly a-political.
Which reminds me that I must find the time to read Azouz Begag's Le mouton dans la baignoire.

Anonymous said...

There was such an outcry, within the UMP itself, that the talk was cancelled on the day it was supposed to take place.
With almost 3/4 citizens "not trusting" Nicolas Sarkozy (Baromètre Le Figaro so one can't suspect the number as one might with Marianne) it would seem this "ouverture" to the extreme right is not serving NS well, as among the "distrustful" there must be quite a few people who voted for him, and quite a few on the right.
I actually met someone (formerly enthused) who told me he felt ashamed of being French at the current moment (even though he thinks the Roma are a nuisance and they ought to be dealt with, something in the way the whole summer went down seems to bring bile to his mouth, he even sneered.)
http://www.leparisien.fr/flash-actualite-politique/confiance-sarkozy-4-points-et-fillon-3-au-plus-bas-30-09-2010-1089670.php
MYOS

Anonymous said...

there are persons who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds or are of some sort of minority (religious, sexual orientation, color), who strongly back the kind of politics or philosophy which one could call classical liberalism or individualism. the kind of politics that puts strong emphasis on judgment of personal merit alone. from the examples that come to mind, it's oftimes persons who've succeeded professionally and are relatively well-off.
Kaci's case seems of likekind. Dare I say this is the kind of politics that attracted Doc Gyneco to Sarkozy? (as just one example of a visible minority from showbiz going against the grain)


Chris P.

Anonymous said...

http://www.lecanardenchaine.fr/u4693/u4693_08.jpg

A cartoon from canard enchainé