Secularism on the decline in France

Global Post: PARIS — When 34 percent of surveyed voters admit they agree with the ideas of a political movement that is protectionist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and anti-Euro, France has a problem.

France’s far-right political party, Front National, has surged in popularity over the past year to its highest level in thirty years. Led by European Parliament Member Marine Le Pen, the party has bragged it could win elections in at least 15 cities this year.

In 2011, Le Pen compared Muslims praying in the streets to the Nazi occupation of France. The party is known for railing against the country’s ‘Islamisation’, and calling forexpulsions of Roma, a referendum restricting immigration, and a return to the French Franc.

Come May, when elections for the European Parliament are held, the FN party, which isgaining popularity with older French and citizens under 24, could top the list of French political parties.

To the dismay of moderates — such as socialist parliamentarian Christophe Borgel, and philosopher Pascal Bruckner, who says the French are ‘afraid of everything’ — Frenchpolitical culture and society are fragmenting.


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