A piece by Colin Liddell from 2012 on the growth of the National Front in France. I have a cautiously qualified sympathy for the National Front, and I consider them to be among the most left-wing of any European political party with any kind of influence. The FN is anti-US imperialism, anti-EU, anti-neoliberalism, and anti-globalization. They are defending separation of religion and state against Islamization, and contrary to the claims of the usual hysterics, they are not a “fascist” party but a “civic nationalist” party that includes black, Arab, Muslim, Jewish, and gay members and supporters, not to mention that their two most prominent figures are women.
The trouble with European politics is that the so-called “extreme” parties are not really extreme enough. This is especially clear from the case of France, where the comparatively mild policies of the Front National have been described throughout the campaign as “extreme” and “far right-wing.”
Like most people, I am not a fan of extremism. But we live in an era when extreme things are happening all around us, so to act with conventional moderation is the equivalent of turning down the heating when the house is on fire.
Centuries of history, including scores of major wars, dozens of invasions and revolutions, and tens of millions slaughtered in battle, have not sufficed to change the ethnic and cultural character or France. However, mass immigration and differential birth rates threaten to do what the likes of Attila the Hun, Moslem Crusaders, English longbowmen, French Revolutionaries, and German panzers failed to do: i.e. change France in its very essence.
In the last few decades, not only has the non-French population of France exploded, but amongst it that part which is inherently inassimilable and therefore anti-French predominates. In the past many non-French – such as Jews, Armenians, Spaniards, and Italians – became French, but now non-French usually means anti-French in that France will change to meet them, not the other way round.
The main reason why this anti-French strain has met with such demographic success is precisely because of its anti-French nature, not only in race but also in religion and culture.