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The proposed rebranding is meant to distance the party from its anti-Semitic history.
Marine Le Pen and the National Front are holding a "refoundation congress" to mount a political comeback.
Ten years ago, I predicted the rise of a new form fascism in the United States and Europe, suggesting that the injustices and contradictions of the capitalist system were growing too large to be contained any longer by the existing liberal political order.
In the midst of a national crisis, Republican Senator David Reed (PA) announced: "If this country ever needed a Mussolini, it needs one now." If you missed that statement, or if David Reed's name doesn't ring a bell, you are forgiven. He made this chilling observation in 1932.
The "crazy" is everywhere. The question is whether, after the fear subsides, the varying political forces will return to "business as usual" as if nothing fundamental has changed in French politics.
Beneath of all of this jargon, the French vote (which was the first to take place post-attack) indicates a swing in the political pendulum towards the right. It also shows the direction the next electoral season could take in Europe and America.
In the wake of the referendum announcement, the National Front hopes to capitalize on the Greek example as it already has on the future British referendum so that it can promote its own strategy for the euro and a European Union exit.
Since many French people today think that the National Front should govern, let us try to understand what would happen if support for France's far-right National Front continues to grow until 2017.
The incident has caused many in the party to publicly distance themselves from Le Pen, who is the honorary president of the
The FN's victories included the towns of Beziers, Le Pontet, Frejus, Beaucaire, Le Luc, Camaret-sur-Aigues and Cogolin in