Keyword: National Front

'The Front National's enemy is no longer the Jew but the French Muslim'

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Lors d'un meeting à Marseille, le 20 mai. © Reuters Lors d'un meeting à Marseille, le 20 mai. © Reuters

France's far-right Front National party won a quarter of the popular vote in May's European elections, albeit on a low turnout, as xenophobic, nationalist parties across Europe made significant gains. The result seemed to vindicate FN president Marine Le Pen's strategy of trying to change the party's image, shedding the anti-Semitism of the past and donning a cloak of respectability. But in a detailed history of the Front National published last month, researcher Valérie Igounet shows that the new image is just a veneer that cracks whenever the ghosts of the party's past rear their heads. Meanwhile the party has simply replaced Jews with Muslims as the principal target of its attacks. Igounet explains her findings to Mediapart’s Joseph Confavreux and Marine Turchi.

Hollande hit by National Front vote in municipal elections

The far-right FN wins its first mayoral seat since 1995 and appears well placed to gain other towns as ruling socialists hit by record low turnout.

National Front aims for breakthrough in France’s local elections

Far-right FN may benefit from weak economy under François Hollande’s socialist government and centre-right opposition mired in scandals.

Far-right leader Le Pen says French revolt could spread 'like wildfire'

On-the-rise National Front leader claims full-scale insurrection and bankruptcy loom, blaming immigration, globalisation, the EU and technocrats.

Far-right party does about-face for French local elections

Marine Le Pen opts to take local elections seriously as new survey shows approval ratings for her National Front party are on the rise.