New Fire on the Far Right

Le Pen emerges as a serious force in presidential politics

He was mentioned neither by name nor by party. But when Premier Jacques Chirac last week denounced the "demagogy of a certain political discourse" that has been loosed of late on France, none of the 70,000 people attending the biennial convention of Chirac's Rally for the Republic Party had the slightest doubt as to the object of his scorn. The Premier could only be referring to Jean-Marie le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front Party, who has suddenly become a serious, if not quite respectable, player on the French political scene. Long dismissed as part buffoon and total extremist, Le...

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