Amidst the failures of both neo-liberal capitalism and accomodationist social-democracy, the far-right is positioning itself as the “radical solution” to the nation’s woes. The revolutionary left has to step up and boldly put forward an alternative to both the half-measure mediocrity of the pro-capitalist “French Socialist Party” as well as to the vile throw-back nationalism of the far-right.
Iris Cohen analyses the background to the the recent gains made by the far right in France in advance of today’s second round of voting.
Last Sunday, during the first round of the municipal elections in France, the far right and in particular the largest fascist party the Front National (FN) made significant gains, ranking first or a close second in a number of towns and cities across the country. The FN won in the first round in the once historically left stronghold of Hénin-Beaumont (50.26%) and will carry on to the second round in nearly 200 towns (scoring over 10%).This is a disturbing increase both for the obvious reason that it means the far right and fascists are continuing to gain traction, but also because these local elections have a great deal of influence on the daily lives of the constituents. One only has to look at the devastating impact of a far right mayor in Orange, where poor and immigrant communities in particular have been excluded from all economic and social opportunities and frightened away from possibilities of resistance….