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‘Day of rage’ for French right wingers

Issue No. 2388

More than 20,000 right wing protesters marched in Paris last Sunday. They called on unpopular centre left president Francois Hollande to resign.

The “day of rage” included campaigners against gay marriage, right wing Catholic organisations, fascists, anti-tax and small bosses’ organisations and various right wing fringe groups.

But some of the biggest right wing organisations stayed away. They included the fascist Front National, UMP Tory opposition, and the main organisers of last year’s protests against gay marriage.

There was explicit antisemitic and homophobic chanting. More than 200 people were arrested after violent clashes. 

Supporters of the antisemitic comedian Dieudonné also took part—to the dismay of organisers who see him as too “pro-Islam”.

France under Hollande has sunk deeper into crisis. 

The right offer no solution for ordinary people. But with little opposition to Hollande from the left they are the ones making the running.


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