Nicolas Dupont-Aignan: “What is at stake is saving France”

Nicolas Dupont-Aignan is the leader of a small Gaullist party in France. His party is not negligible — it received almost 5% of the vote in the first round of the presidential election. It represents one of the traditional platforms of the French Right: the political heirs of General Charles de Gaulle.

In the following report from French television, Mr. Dupont-Aignan announces that he and his party will support Marine Le Pen in the coming second round of the presidential election. This is a significant moment in Western European politics — as far as I know, it is the first instance in which the leader of a substantial establishment party has thrown his weight behind an anti-immigration party. In every other case — the AfD, Sverigedemokraterna, the PVV, the FPÖ, the Finns — the cordon sanitaire has held, and the other parties have absolutely refused to have anything to do with the “xenophobes”.

This may make for a more interesting French run-off than I thought we would see.


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