Thomas : “The Rise of the ‘Ultra Right’: A New Enemy for French Journalists?”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : The concept of the ‘ultra Right’ has taken center stage in France in recent months, with journalists using it as a new enemy to rally against. However, this term may have unintended consequences, further normalizing the discourse of the national Right. Traditionally, the term ‘far-right’ has been used to describe the Front National party founded by Jean-Marie Le Pen. This party was often stigmatized and kept at a distance from mainstream politics.

However, with the rise of Marine Le Pen and the rebranding of the party as the Rassemblement National, efforts to normalize the party have been partly successful. The party’s entry into the National Assembly with 88 deputies has further solidified its presence in the public sphere. The recent war between Israel and Hamas has also helped to whitewash the party’s reputation, as it aligns itself with Israel while the far Left maintains relations with Palestinian terrorist organizations.

As the term ‘far-right’ loses its effectiveness in stigmatizing the Rassemblement National, a new term has emerged: ‘ultra-right.’ This term is used to denounce smaller groups and individuals who are deemed excessive and act outside of the party’s ranks. However, the ‘ultra-right’ is largely a construct, as these groups have existed for some time, even if some have changed names or reformed.

The increase in the use of the term ‘ultra-right’ in journalism has unintended consequences. By constructing a new enemy, journalists inadvertently lend credibility to the idea that the Rassemblement National has become acceptable. This allows for increased repression of this trend, as the accusation of ‘far-right extremism’ is no longer sufficient to justify it in the eyes of the majority.

The suppression of various right-wing structures, such as Génération Identitaire and the Institut Iliade, has intensified in recent months. Meetings and demonstrations have been arbitrarily and repeatedly banned, with authorities citing links to the so-called ‘ultra-right.’ However, these bans have often been overturned by administrative courts, revealing the arbitrary nature of the repression.

In response to this semantic overkill, some right-wing influencers now claim to belong to the ‘giga right.’ This humorous response highlights the absurdity of the media’s attempts to label and stigmatize right-wing movements. As the political landscape continues to evolve, it remains to be seen how these terms will shape public opinion and political discourse in France.

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