“Far-right violence is gaining ground in France” | EUROtoday

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Lfar-right violence, motivated by nationalism and authoritarianism, is rising in France. It was the reason for 35 critical assaults between 2019 and 2022 in comparison with 30 between 2015 and 2018. Since 2019, there have been three deadly assaults. As for preliminary information for the 12 months 2023, they present no less than 22 critical assaults, which suggests a clearly upward development.

Over the previous thirty years, France has had decrease ranges of far-right violence than a lot of its neighboring nations. Thus, between 1990 and 2022, it has skilled 14 deadly assaults in comparison with 24 for Spain, 30 for the United Kingdom and at least 98 for Germany. But violence in these nations has just lately declined, not like what is occurring in France.

To perceive this current improve affecting France, we should make a distinction between two forms of right-wing violence: racist violence, which targets ethnic and spiritual minorities, and anti-left violence, which targets political opponents.

Divergent dynamics

The most typical type of far-right violence, whether or not in France or elsewhere, is racist violence. Between 2015 and 2022, round 41 critical assaults had been perpetrated in opposition to ethnic and spiritual minorities in France, greater than a 3rd of which had been in opposition to Muslims. Islamophobia normally, in addition to violent reactions in opposition to Islamist terrorism, contribute to those excessive ranges of racist violence. In most different circumstances, the attacker focused somebody he thought-about to be an immigrant, asylum seeker and/or refugee. As the French state limits statistics on ethnic origins, the knowledge obtainable on victims comes solely from the media and, in lots of circumstances, from feedback made by the perpetrator(s) earlier than, throughout or after the assault.

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Anti-left violence distinguishes France from many different Western European nations. In reality, France had, in 2022, the second highest relative share of assaults focusing on political opponents, behind Sweden. Since 2015, 22 assaults have focused them. In most circumstances, these had been anti-fascist or left-wing activists. More usually, such a anti-left violence arises from tensions between aggressive far-right teams, more and more current within the streets, notably in Lyon, Paris, Nantes, Marseille and Bourges, and opponents who search to thwart them, these tensions resulting in fights, ambushes and assaults on anti-fascist bars.

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