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Adversaries: Polarized and Fragmented Party Politics of the Right

Jack Hayward

in Fragmented France

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780199216314
Published online May 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191712265 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216314.003.0010
 Adversaries: Polarized and Fragmented Party Politics of the Right

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The Left/Right bipolarization oversimplifies fractionalized schisms often prompted by personal ambitions disguised as ideological dissensions. The extreme Right was exemplified by the Action Française and various fascist movements which were active during the Vichy regime. The latter prompted Gaullism's reassertion of heroic nationalism. Catholic parties competed for control of the right-centre with liberal conservatism. A populist extreme Right re-emerged in Le Pen's National Front.

Keywords: Action Française; fascism; Gaullism; Catholic parties; conservatism; populism; National Front

Chapter.  16937 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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