Features » April 26, 2002
Le Pens Strong Showing Leaves the French Left in Disarray
One in five French voters, in the privacy of the voting booth, chose one of the two neo-fascist parties (Le Pens National Front, which rolled up an impressive 16.9 percent, and the tiny splinter party of former Le Pen deputy Bruno Megret, which got 2.4 percent). Le Pen is the linear descendant of Vichy Frances collaborationists with the Nazis (he got his start in politics as a young lieutenant in the crypto-fascist political formation led in the 50s by Tixier-Vignancourt, the lawyer for Marshal Petain at his treason trial); a notorious anti-Semite (he wrote a forward to the neo-Nazi tract published by Franz Schönhuber
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Doug Ireland has been writing about power, politics and the media since 1977. A former columnist for the Village Voice, the New York Observer and the Paris daily Libération, among others, his articles have appeared everywhere from The Nation to Vanity Fair to POZ. Hes a contributing editor of In These Times. He can be reached through his blog, DIRELAND.