Behind the RN's breakthrough, the ghost of Patrick Buisson, far-right ideologue and advocate of the “cultural war” | EUROtoday

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Marine Le Pen, after the funeral ceremony of essayist and journalist Patrick Buisson, at the Saint-Ferdinand des Ternes church in Paris, January 3, 2024.

They didn't know one another, or little or no. Jordan Bardella, black turtleneck, darkish go well with, has simply sat down, this January 3, within the entrance rows of the Saint-Ferdinand des Ternes church, in Paris. Coming out of a black van with Marine Le Pen, he got here to attend the funeral of Patrick Buisson. Buisson, the strategist of the takeover of energy by the acute proper. What matter the anti-Semitic obsessions and the assumed racism of the previous boss of the newspaper Minutewhat do the unlawful recordings made with out Nicolas Sarkozy's data by his former advisor on the Elysée matter: the true disciples or admirers of this determine of the French excessive proper got here to pay him homage.

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Six months later, the National Rally (RN) is on its solution to turning into the main drive within the National Assembly. Death got here to take Patrick Buisson too early for him to witness this primary within the historical past of the far proper: on December 26, 2023, he was discovered alone, at residence, in Les Sables-d'Olonne (Vendée), by his cleansing woman, in the midst of writing a guide on the “Vendean genocide”one other of his obsessions. The distribution of those legislative just isn’t the one which this mentor of the French far proper had anticipated. Until its current settlement with the president of the Republicans (LR), Eric Ciotti, the RN's technique – to win with out allying with the standard events – was not that of Patrick Buisson both, who had been advocating the union of the fitting for many years. The RN's triumph however has the style of a posthumous victory for him.

The ideologue, impressed by the nationalist thinker Charles Maurras (1868-1952), has at all times surrounded himself with identitarians like Eric Zemmour or Marion Maréchal, particularly after they had been Catholic, just like the Vendéen Philippe de Villiers, his long-time confederate – now Vincent Bolloré's. With nice assurance, Buisson defined in April 2023 to the Point that “The RN will never arrive[it] in power as long as Marine Le Pen is in power[it] the candidate » or the representative. Buisson was an anti-modern, and his fight against the “cosmopolitan uprooting”his priority. The social measures advocated by Jordan Bardella and Marine Le Pen to win over the electorate disappointed by the left could not suit him.

“You broke through because you knew how to transgress!”

“Patrick Buisson maintained till the top that she may by no means come to energyrecollects the deputy normal director of Ipsos, Brice Teinturier. He didn’t imagine within the widespread positioning of the president of the National Rally and of Jordan Bardella. He made a mistake in each casting and electoral technique. The relevance of opinion polls, the scope of the symbolic, the necessity to domesticate reminders and historic reminiscence, the acuteness of the divide on the fitting over immigration and, above all, the significance of preventing on the bottom of concepts: on all these themes, alternatively, its affect is flagrant. Far-right activists are as we speak taking on the idea of“cultural hegemony” of the Italian communist mental Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937), appreciated by Patrick Buisson.

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