Liberté, égalité, fraternité ? Views from the far-right fringe in France

Anne Delouis 1
1 CEPOC - Centre d'études politiques contemporaines
POLEN - Pouvoirs - Lettres - Normes
Abstract : The current financial, economic, social, and political crisis is widely thought to benefit far-right parties in many European states. The Front National party, a fixture in French politics for more than two decades, achieved its best result ever in the 2012 presidential elections. This article explores far-right voters’ accounts of their political life-stories, analyzing the factors that trigger people's “conversions” to the right, and examining the ways in which this increasing, yet diverse minority views French history, society, and politics. Far-right supporters legitimize their political convictions and actions in different ways. Some believe that they are part of a “resistance movement”, others draw on what they believe to be sociological or anthropological insights. Many pretend to advocate Republican ideals such as equality and freedom. Democracy stands to gain from drawing this growing part of the population back into mainstream debate, and social scientists may have a role to play in this effort.
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Anne Delouis. Liberté, égalité, fraternité ? Views from the far-right fringe in France. Anthropology Today, Wiley, 2012, 28 (6), pp.12-16. ⟨10.1111/j.1467-8322.2012.00911.x⟩. ⟨halshs-01448124⟩



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