Will France Lead Europe to the Right?

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Jean-Marie Le Pen is often described as a crude bigoted neo-fascist. But this right-wing nationalist with an anti-immigrant, law-and-order campaign struck enough of a chord with French voters to propel him into next month's presidential runoff. Although Le Pen is not expected to win the election against conservative incumbent Jacques Chirac, his momentary success is yet another instance of the right wing ascendance occurring throughout Austria, Germany, Italy, Denmark and even the Netherlands. We look at the increasing extremism in Western European political culture, the European Union and the battle for national identity, with experts from France, Italy, England and Germany.
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Washington Post

Jean-Marie Le Pen

Jacques Chirac

Bruges Group

Die Zeit (in German)

European Union

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