With nearly a third of French votes going to far rightwing parties in France, the stakes for the elections on April 10th 2022 could not be higher. I have been following some of the rightwing organisations, such as the now disbanded Generation Identitaire, and more recently the gendarmerie Captain Jean-Pierre Fabre-Bernadac whose letter to Emmanuel Macron in 2021 warns of a looming racial civil war in France if some areas of the country, especially the suburbs of larger cities, are not brought back under republican control. It also accuses the government of making concessions to Islamic radicals. Presidential hopeful and extreme right wing politician Eric Zemmour has expressed similar views on France’s so-called lost territory.
The current president, Emmanuel Macron, is deeply unpopular with many accusing him to be a president of the rich by giving them tax incentives. The way the government reacted when the gillets jaunes appeared on the streets after a fuel tax hike, has been heavily criticised.
The French socialist party, le parti socialiste, has effectively been whiped out after decades of political prominence. Many of its former voters went to vote for either the far left Melenchon or the far right Marine le Pen. The current political lanscape, with little center left will have major implications for the Assemblee Nationale, the French parliament. It will face many difficulties to be able to steer legislation through such a divided political arena.