France: Has Sunday’s Defeat Dashed Le Pen’s Presidential Hopes?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Following its strong showing in the first round of France’s regional elections on December 6, The National Front and party leader Marine Le Pen came crashing back to earth last Sunday in the second round of elections. Having gone down to defeat in a region where the National Front is especially strong, can it now [...]

Law and Jihad: Qatari Lawsuit Aims to Stifle Criticism in France

Posted by John Rosenthal

The accusation that the oil-rich Middle East micro-kingdom of Qatar is a major supporter of jihadist terror is a commonplace in English-language media and political debate. But if the Qatari royal family and two lawyers with close connections to the French political establishment have their way, any such talk could soon prove to be illegal [...]

Houellebecq’s ‘Submission’: Islam and France’s Malaise

Posted by John Rosenthal

French literary star Michel Houellebecq’s new novel Soummission has been widely pilloried as islamophobic in the French media. The book depicts the “submission” of France to Islamic rule – or, at any rate, to the government of an Islamic party – in the not-so-distant future of 2022. But on closer inspection, Houellebecq’s novel is less [...]

France’s Departmental Elections: The Rise of the National Front Halted?

Posted by John Rosenthal

On Sunday, following the first round of voting in France’s departmental elections, Prime Minister Manuel Valls took time to congratulate himself on having halted the rise of Marine Le Pen’s National Front. But a closer look at the election results reveals that the prime minister’s personal triumph is an illusion. Reports to the contrary notwithstanding, [...]

Freedom or Islamophobia? Europe’s New “New Right”

Posted by John Rosenthal

The terror attacks in Oslo have focused media attention on Europe’s new “anti-Islamization” right — though the kind of attention is as a rule more suited to reinforcing prejudices than to providing insight. The World Affairs Journal has taken the opportunity to make available online my survey of Europe’s new “new right” parties. The article [...]

L’Affaire DSK: Marine Le Pen Shows Some Love…for American Justice

Posted by John Rosenthal

One of the most typical reactions of French commentators to the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York has been a kind of knee jerk disparagement of the American criminal justice system – or the “atrocious” American criminal justice system, as an “expert” put it on the French news channel BFM. But at least one [...]

France’s ‘Far Right’ Gathering Support…on the Left

Posted by John Rosenthal

According to polling data, new National Front leader Marine Le Pen could do even better in the upcoming French presidential elections in 2012 than her father Jean-Marie famously did in 2002. Moreover, at least part of the surge of support for Marine Le Pen appears to be coming not from the “moderate right,” as represented [...]