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Parisians gather at Place de la République to protest against the election of France’s centrist incumbent president, Emmanuel Macron, for a second five-year term in Paris on April 24. Kiran Ridley/Getty Images

On Sunday night, French President Emmanuel Macron (from La République En Marche! party) was reelected for another five-year mandate with a 17-point lead over his far-right competitor, Marine Le Pen (from the National Rally party). Le Pen conceded in a live televised speech shortly after the results were announced. In a near-simultaneous campaign email, she stated that “the ballot boxes have spoken and I respect their decision”.

A growing portion of her base disagrees.

Since early March, the idea that the French presidential election would be “stolen”, “falsified”, or “rigged” has been gaining momentum, particularly among the far right. Much of this language precisely imitates the “Stop the Steal” discourse instigated by then-U.S.…  Seguir leyendo »

The FrenPresidential candidate Marine Le Pen, of France's far-right Rassemblement National party, takes part in the evening news broadcast of French TV channel TF1 on April 12. Julien De Rosa/AFP via Getty Imagesch Right Is Obsessed With Fighting Wokeness

Just as in 2017, the second round of the 2022 French presidential election will see centrist Emmanuel Macron (of the party La République en Marche!) pitted against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen (of the Rassemblement National party). While the war in Ukraine is a unique evolution in the political landscape, the priorities of French voters have largely stayed the same, focusing on the economy, climate change, and social welfare.

But this time, the French far right is taking a page out of its American counterparts’ playbook—or at least their dictionary. The months leading up to last Sunday’s first-round vote featured increasing emphasis on wokisme, which both Le Pen and her right-wing competitor Éric Zemmour frequently highlighted as a looming threat to French culture.…  Seguir leyendo »