How Leftists Learned to Love Le Pen Reply

This article is almost two years old but relevant to current events. Has the “far right” become the “new left” now that the Left has largely fallen down on the job? On an international level, if neoliberalism has become the standard, and if the traditional left has largely been coopted and absorbed by neoliberalism, is populism the “new left” in terms of domestic politics of Western countries? And is Eurasianism the “international left” when it comes to global geopolitics?

By Katy Lee and Claire Sergent

Foreign Policy

The leader of the French far-right National Front (FN) party Marine Le Pen visits on March 20, 2015 a farm in the northwestern French town of Juilley ahead of the ahead of the March 22 and 29 departemental local elections. AFP PHOTO/CHARLY TRIBALLEAU. (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

The leader of the French far-right National Front (FN) party Marine Le Pen visits on March 20, 2015 a farm in the northwestern French town of Juilley ahead of the ahead of the March 22 and 29 departemental local elections. AFP PHOTO/CHARLY TRIBALLEAU. (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

HAYANGE, France — The towers of the ArcelorMittal steel mill loom over the little town of Hayange, silent and shuttered. Few people stopped to chat on a recent winter day — the streets were shrouded in an icy fog — but those who paused summarized life here succinctly: There has been little work since the blast furnaces at the mill were shut down in 2013, and little hope either.

“Everyone is sick of it,” said Pascal, who declined to give his last name, leaning on the door of his tattoo parlor. “100 percent I am going to vote for Marine Le Pen.”

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