French socialists sound 'ideological' battle cry against extreme right

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The fight against the far-right Front national was the central theme of the ruling Socialist Party's summer conference that took place at the weekend. Some on the Left fear that if they do not start campaigning now, Marine Le Pen's party could attract the largest share of the popular vote at next year’s European elections. However, as Lénaïg Bredoux reports, just what form the 'crusade' against extremism will take is still unclear.

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The president of the far-right Front national, Marine Le Pen, has clearly got other politicians rattled. Just months ahead of next spring's crucial local and European elections, the ruling Socialist Party (PS) devoted the theme of its summer conference at La Rochelle in west France to how to combat the rising popularity of Le Pen's populist party.