Jean-Yves Camus is the director of the Observatoire des radicalités politiques (Observatory of Radical Politics) at the Jean-Jaurès Foundation. Among the leading experts on the extreme right, he has recently published, together with Nicolas Lebourg, Les extrèmes droites en Europe (“The Extreme Right Movements in Europe,” Seuil, 2015).
This weekend, the National Front is holding its two-day convention dedicated to its “re-founding.” Is the far-right party in crisis, even after Marine Le Pen got into the second round of the presidential elections and received more than 10 million votes? What kind of crisis is it?
Her result in the elections was not bad—quite the opposite. However, between the two rounds of voting there was a televised debate that Marine Le Pen lost against Emmanuel Macron. This is the reason for the crisis. The electoral result could have been better if she had been successful in that debate.