Elections: France gonna wake up on right side of the bed
Update: Marine Le Pen makes her victory speech
“EARTHQUAKE IN FRANCE” – Sophie Pedder, The Economist Paris bureau chief
Angelique Chrisafis is The Guardian‘s Paris correspondent.
France held its first-round regional elections yesterday. The results are just coming in. The rightists are on a winning streak and setting new records
The National Front is the far right party headed by Marine Le Pen. Their popularity surged following the recent attacks on Paris.
FN (Front National, the party’s acronym in French) is anti-immigration and accused of having a “divisive and intolerant agenda“.
It is ahead in six regions – Reuters breaking news
Benjamin Haddad is a fellow of Hudson Institute.
Rise of nativist populism – this is the trend
I believe the same trend will be seen in Malaysia’s GE14. The Malays voters will make a sharp turn to the right while the Chinese and Christian voters will further radicalize.
The thorough domination of local media in the English language has meant that the popularity on the ground of the Malay right and Muslim conservatives has been largely downplayed.
In fact, the Malay nationalists have been consistently demonized by the Dapsters who control the social media while the Muslim fundamentalists have been mocked as Taliban by the evangelistas who control the media agenda setting.
The ultra kiasu Chinese and the Christian bullies suffer the delusion of believing their own propaganda. That’s how 95 percent can today become such rabid opposition supporters.
It’s just a matter of another two years before the expected backlash from the Race-and-Religion majority group will slap these haters in the face. I hope then that the Love x3 (-Hate) people will practise what they preach and remember to Turn the Other Cheek.