“If the RN comes to power, the first victims would be people of foreign nationality or perceived as such”

“If the RN comes to power, the first victims would be people of foreign nationality or perceived as such”
“If the RN comes to power, the first victims would be people of foreign nationality or perceived as such”

Rare the certainties that emerge from this period of turbulence opened by Emmanuel Macron’s choice to play France at poker. Here is at least one: popular categories and particularly people of foreign nationality or perceived as such would be the first to bear the brunt of the National Rally (RN) coming to power. Some because they are on the front line to pay the bill for his fallacious promises; the others because, while often experiencing social precariousness, they also serve as scapegoats for the far right.

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For this potential tragedy which would see hatred of foreigners invest the government of France on the eve of the Olympic and Paralympic Games supposed to symbolize its international influence, the responsibilities are very old and shared. Since its first electoral successes in the municipal elections in 1983 in Dreux (Eure-et-Loir), the National Front (now National Rally) has continued to prosper by exploiting xenophobia on two registers: economic – the immigrant presented as taking “ the work of the French” and weighing on social accounts – and identity – France would be “no longer France”. Governments on the right, but also those on the left, have responded to this pressure by constantly tightening laws on immigration and nationality. Neither François Mitterrand, nor especially Jacques Chirac or Nicolas Sarkozy, hesitated to use these questions to divide their opposition or seduce voters.

While Marine Le Pen was already riding the emotion aroused by Islamist attacks, European migration crises and urban violence, Emmanuel Macron rallied left-wing voters in 2017 by choosing an open line. “The subject of immigration should not worry the French population (…). Immigration proves to be an opportunity from an economic, cultural and social point of view”he then declared to the Protestant weekly Reform.

Republican vigilance

But the tone changes after his 2022 re-election. A bill on immigration is designed to divide the right and “raise” the subject before the European elections. Supposed to reflect the government’s activism on a subject that worries voters, it will in reality be an infernal machine. By establishing for more than a year a permanent controversy on the flagship issue of the far right, by giving the spectacle of the impotence of power, the sequence only prepares the success of the head of the RN list in the European election , Jordan Bardella, and perhaps his accession to Matignon.

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