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 Post subject: "The knee-jerk racists are out" - French NF
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:08 pm 
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French elections: 'Front National is different. The knee-jerk racists are out'

Jon Henley is travelling through France to hear stories from across the country in the runup to the elections. Here he talks to a leader of the Front National youth movement


Alexis Dejardin, who runs the Front National youth movement in the Vaucluse departement.

A few miles down the road from Carpentras is L'Isle sur la Sorgue, a delightful town sitting either side of a small, fast-flowing river, well known for its antique shops, market, good restaurants, and the impossibility of finding anywhere to park in the tourist season.

There I met Alexis Dejardin, 25. He's finishing off his business studies course and has a job with an estate agent starting in July, which he feels a bit ambiguous about because once he starts doing that he will probably have to stop doing what really interests him, which is running the Front National youth movement in the Vaucluse.

"The FN just carries too much baggage, from the past and put on it by the media," he says. "It would cause problems in my work. Which is sad, because the party really is different now. Marine has cleared the decks; it's not just about detoxifying the image, it's real change, inside. The old guard, the hardcore, knee-jerk racists, are out. The people who say: 'I don't like Arabs,' and when you ask why they say: 'I don't really know' – the kind of people, to be honest, with whom I share no ideological similarity whatsoever – have gone. If they hadn't, believe me, I wouldn't be a member of the party."

Alexis is fluent, personable. He may not have to make the choice between career and political activism: he's running the parliamentary election campaign of an FN's candidate in the Vaucluse who he can reasonably hope will be elected in June. If that happened, Alexis would be in the running for a party job. "I'm torn," he confesses. "It's a dilemma. If Hollande wins, the country is heading for disaster. Economically, certainly, but also because he'll give immigrants the vote straight away, he'll allow an Islamic political party to be founded … Within five years, France will be in such a state that there could be real civil unrest." But, says Alexis, "it would be great for the party if Hollande wins. Because Sarkozy's UMP will collapse, disintegrate, into bickering and in-fighting between the heavyweights. And we will be the new, the unifying, the only real force on the right in France. Then in five years' time, I'd give Marine an 80% chance of being elected president."

The FN, says Alexis, is on the move: "We have changed. We don't want racial segregation. We've dropped the rhetoric. We're attracting a completely different kind of support: managerial staff, civil servants, young people from the most prestigious colleges in France, law students – reasonable people of real intelligence." Younger voters of immigrant origin are also backing the party, Alexis says: "They've been promised the moon by successive governments, and betrayed time and again. We're their natural home. They're French; they're integrated; they deserve better." (As he says this, a young mother of north African origin walks past the cafe terrace with her two-year-old, greets Alexis warmly, and exchanges kisses. He couldn't have hoped for better.)

The FN is the party for all France's downtrodden, he believes. "Look, France was Europe's first republic. Now we've created a self-serving business and political elite. A lot of people are starting to realise the politicians have done nothing for them." He runs, at length, through the new model FN's electoral attractions: "the only coherent economic policy" on offer, "intelligent protectionism", pulling France out of the euro; an immediate halt to further immigration, "so we can sort out the massive economic and social problems we already have. Then we'll see." Tougher policing. An absolute insistence that Islam must adapt itself to France, not the other way round ("The secular state has to be strong, impose itself. If they want to live here, they should respect our culture, as I would if I lived in Morocco. And you know, it's natural not necessarily to feel an affinity with people who don't look, dress, behave like us. It's just political correctness that doesn't allow anyone to say so.")

But – and he does comes back to this rather a lot – the FN really, really isn't racist: "My best friend is black. The brother I never had. He studied here, he's in work, has a French girlfriend, a baby, a driving licence, he's on the electoral register, no trouble with the law, ever. And now they're giving him a hard time about his nationality. That's not right. I have no issue with where people come from; it's integration that matters. He's earned the right to be a French citizen, with the entitlements that brings. Some, frankly, haven't."

Jon will be tweeting pictures and interviews using the hashtag #France2012tales, and posting Facebook updates at ... -different

Note : I must have missed this BS from earlier this year. This is the very rhetoric that traitor Griffin spouts (sometimes)


ʎɐqǝ uo pɹɐoqʎǝʞ ɐ ʎnq ı ǝɯıʇ ʇsɐן ǝɥʇ sı sıɥʇ

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