Alain Delon po stronie francuskiego nacjonalizmu.
Jeden z najsłynniejszych francuskich aktorów oraz symboli męskiej witalności, Alain Delon przestał być przewodniczącym komitetu honorowego wyborów Miss Francji w sytuacji, gdy zakwestionowano jego „prawo do kierowania tym gremium przy jednoczesnym udzielaniu poparcia Frontowi Narodowemu”.
Publiczne poparcie udzielone przez Delona dla FN wzbudziło falę komentarzy, dlatego aktor sam złożył rezygnację, podkreślając, że tym samym podtrzymuje swoje pełne wsparcie dla postulatów Frontu. – Jean i Marine Le Pen długo byli osamotnieni w swej walce. Dziś jednak to się skończyło. Francuzi są z nimi – podkreślił gwiazdor. Delon zaznaczył, że FN podejmuje kluczowe dla francuskiego życia narodowego kwestie i solidaryzuje się z programem ugrupowania. Pomimo wściekłości, jakie wypowiedzi te (udzielone szwajcarskiej gazecie) wzbudziły w liberalnych mediach – Delon podtrzymał je także w kolejnych wystąpieniach.
Gwiazdor w różnych okresach swej kariery kojarzony był a to ze skrajną lewicą (ze względu na mocno antyestablishmentowy i antykorupcyjny wymiar swoich filmów z lat 70-tych), a to skrajną prawicą – choćby właśnie ze względu na znajomość z Degrellem czy Le Penem. Będąc jednym z najbardziej ukochanych aktorów Francji – Delon jednocześnie nie raz wyrażał swą dezaprobatę wobec jej systemu politycznego i stanu elit. Obecnie zaś staje się symbolem „wyboru ostatniej szansy”, czyli zwrotu także części beneficjentów schyłkowej V Republiki – w stronę nacjonalistów, obiecujących tyleż zmianę systemu, co obronę francuskości państwa.
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French legend Delon ‚supports’ far-right
French actor Alain Delon said he supports France’s far-right party, the National Front, in an interview published in a Swiss newspaper on Wednesday. The movie star was popular in the 1960s and was once called the “male Brigitte Bardot”.
French film star Alain Delon has come out in support of France’s far-right political party the National Front (FN). In an interview published on Wednesday in the Swiss daily Le Matin, the actor, whose career has seen him appear in some 100 films, described the National Front’s growth as “uplifting”.
Delon went to on to say that he “approves” the party’s progress, which he attributed to a general sense of gloom due to a lack of political action.
“The National Front, like the MCG [Geneva Citizens’ Movement] in Geneva, is very important…I encourage it and I perfectly understand it,” he said.
Both parties — the FN and MCG — must manage solid electorates if they are to move from words to actions, he said.
“For years, the Le Pen father and daughter team [Jean-Marie, former head of the National Front, and Marine, its current leader] have been fighting, but they’ve been fighting a lonely battle,” he said. “Now, for the first time, they are no longer alone. They have the French people…And that it’s reaching Geneva, that’s incredibly important. They’re fed up there too.”
According to a poll conducted by the French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP) for weekly French news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur, published on Wednesday, the National Front tops the list of parties that the French intend to vote for in next year’s European Parliament Elections.
In September, the National Front gained the official support of French comedian Jean Roucas, who was pictured alongside Marine Le Pen at an annual party conference earlier this year.
Once called “the male Brigitte Bardot,” Alain Delon is a legend of French cinema. He has starred in films such as Faibles Femmes, Purple Noon (based on the Patricia Highsmith novel The Talented Mr Ripley), Borsalino, and Monsieur Klein, the latter earning him a César award, the French equivalent of an Oscar.
His Gallic charm and reputation as a grand séducteur catapulted him to sex-symbol stardom in the 1960s and 1970s.
(FRANCE 24 with wires)
Where are France’s National Front voters?
A new geographical survey of supporters of the far-right party led by Marine Le Pen shows its electorate is located in two key regions in northern and south-eastern France, and that National Front voters do not always agree on key political issues.
Two blocks of voters with somewhat diverging views in southern and northern France make up most of the support for the National Front (FN), according a study of the far-right political party published by the newspaper Le Monde on Wednesday.
The polling firm IFOP surveyed 6,000 individuals who voted for the party founded by Jean-Marie Le Pen and now led by his daughter Marine. Its analysis shows FN’s electorate is concentrated in the Mediterranean South-East, the base of Jean-Marie Le Pen, and along an arc north and east of Paris, where Marine Le Pen was elected. Both hold seats in the European Parliament and in regional councils.
This geographic distribution confirms earlier research by academics such as Joël Gombin of Jules Verne Picardy University, who has described FN’s electorate as “the most geographically contrasted” of French political parties with strongholds rooted in “the urban France of the industrial revolution” and poor showings in the rural West.
Yet at a conference last month, Joël Gombin said that the party’s reach was slowly and continually shifting – regardless of its leader. “The FN vote is less and less one of urban centres or even of their close suburbs,” he said, adding that it had been extending to “the semi-urban surroundings of big cities”.
Agreement on immigration, but not on taxation
While nearly all FN voters surveyed by IFOP agree that “there are too many immigrants in France” and “one does not feel safe anywhere”, their views diverge on economic issues. Some 60% of Le Pen’s supporters in the South think that “taxes paid by the wealthy are too high”, while only 37% of those in the North agree.
Le Monde quotes IFOP’s analysis that “a true difference in nature emerges between the two electorates”, which may be linked to their class structures. While half of FN voters in northern France are working class, the social mix in the South is more varied, with many self-employed and retired people supporting Le Pen.
Pollsters noted that FN politicians have been tailoring their message to their dual electorate, especially during the controversial debate on gay marriage earlier this year. Three quarters of the party’s supporters opposed it in the South-East, where FN MP Marion Maréchal-Le Pen (a niece of Marine) took part in street protests against the measure. But far-right voters appeared less interested in the issue in the North, where Marine Le Pen steered clear of the debate.
According to Le Monde, the two groups of voters are “different and complement each other, which has so far given FN a chance to address a wide range of voters”.
Another theme uniting them is the opinion that “the unemployed could work if they really wanted to”.
Next year’s municipal elections will tell whether the National Front can rally enough voters from various backgrounds and economic outlooks to widen its electoral base any further.