France “is not an island”, it is a Western democracy in crisis like the others

For the first time in French history, the far right can take power through the ballot box. Unsurprisingly, the National Rally came first in the first round of the legislative elections, despite a historic mobilization, and the main issue in the second is whether or not it will be able to obtain an absolute majority. All this will depend on the voting instructions, the withdrawal or not of the candidates who came in third place and what remains of what was formerly called the “Republican dam”.

If it is still possible that Jordan Bardella will not be named Prime Minister in a week – this will essentially depend on the vote of the centrist electorate – it is clear that the space which separates the extreme right from power is shrinking year after year for more than fifteen years and nothing, for the moment, seems to be able to stem this dynamic.

We can be moved by this and consider that it is madness to vote for a party whose DNA is to sort between good and bad French people. We can already say, without much risk of being mistaken, that an RN government will not solve anything but will fuel hatred within France and further degrade its international image.

We can say all this and much more, but it would be of no use. This would not convince any RN voter to vote differently. We can name it “angry vote” Or “identity vote” – he is probably both at the same time – but that does not change the fact that people who vote RN know why they do so and that none of the arguments used in recent decades will change their minds.

The luxury of being surprised by it

The inexorable rise in power of the French far right, which has been dissected many times, is now a fact about which we can no longer have the luxury of being surprised. We can well

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The Orient-The Day (Beirut)

Lebanese French-speaking daily newspaper born in 1971 from a merger between The Orient And The day, It is one of the most widely read foreign-language newspapers in the country and among the Lebanese diaspora, particularly French-speaking. A sovereignist and defender of freedoms, especially during the period of Syrian rule (1990-2005), it was long perceived as the newspaper of the right-wing Christian elite. But it has repositioned itself over the last fifteen years, renewing its editorial team and introducing an English-language version of its website, called The Orient Today. Today it remains one of the newspapers most opposed to the growing influence of Hezbollah, an armed Shiite party supported by Iran.

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