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The RN and Vichy: the counterproductive impact of a historical bogeyman worn out by dint of having served


Highlights: The National Rally has returned to its roots as a party of the far-right. But the party's future is in doubt after the election of Emmanuel Macron as its new leader. The party has been in disarray since the defeat of Jean-Marie Le Pen in the 2012 presidential election. The National Rally was founded in 1972 by a group of former members of the French National Assembly. It is the first time since the Second World War that the party has had a majority in the French parliament.

COUNTERPOINT - The assimilation of the RN to the "legacy of Pétain" by Elisabeth Borne reveals a clumsy contempt for 13 million voters in addition to an admission of weakness.

And here we go again, Pétain! It had been a long time since the National Rally had been returned to its Vichy "legacy". Perhaps because the historic assignment that had already proven its electoral impotence thirty years ago was even less likely to carry nearly eight decades after the end of the Second World War; and that the party was now chaired by a 27-year-old Jordan Bardella with no personal or cultural connection to that story.

That Macronism makes lepenism its privileged political target is consistent with the two successive posters of the second round of the presidential election. And Elisabeth Borne has always claimed a strong personal animosity against the far right. His assimilation of the RN to "the legacy of Pétain" raises several questions, however.

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A historical question in particular. That there were nostalgic or even survivors of Vichy among the founders of the National Front in 1972 is a fact. But to go to the end of the roots...

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Source: lefigaro

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