The mainstreaming of the far right in France: Republican, liberal and illiberal articulations of racism

Aurelien Mondon, Simon Dawes

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Abstract

In this interview, Aurelien Mondon and Simon Dawes analyse the mainstreaming of far-right politics. It aims to make sense of Marine Le Pen's rise by putting it in perspective and accounting for the role of the mainstream itself in the process. Building on the research Mondon has undertaken with colleagues, this interview explores in particular the importance of understanding mainstreaming beyond it being the success of the far right or a sign of its growing popularity. In particular, this requires a more critical take on issues such as populism, but also articulations of racism, to understand how politics which had been relegated to the margins of history have returned to the norm and occupy today a disproportionate space in public discourse. Far from downplaying the threat posed by the far right today, Mondon stresses that combatting it is of course essential, but that a more holistic approach, which tackles the role of mainstream actors in the legitimisation of reactionary politics, is essential if we are to stop the slide towards fascism.

Original languageEnglish
JournalFrench Cultural Studies
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Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2023

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Keywords

  • far-right
  • laïcité
  • liberalism
  • populism
  • racism
  • republicanism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History

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