France’s Front National, which began life as a vehicle for the traditional politics of Europe’s extreme Right, has now become a bona fide modern party with a serious chance to increase its strength at the national level after general elections next year. The success of the Brexiteers in the U.K. has only emboldened the FN. Here, leading French political thinker Jean-Yves Camus lays out the path ahead for the FN and what that means for his nation and for the rest of Europe.
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Jean-Yves Camus is Research Fellow at France’s Institut de Relations Internationales et Strategiques (IRIS) and Director of the Observatoire des Radicalites Politiques (ORAP). His book Les droites extremes en Europe (co-authored with Nicolas Lebourg) will be published by Harvard University Press in 2017.