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Far-Right European Posters

By Matthew Yglesias  

"Far-Right European Posters"

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NYT does a slideshow of posters from Europe’s far-right parties. Many of them I’d seem before, but this is new to me:

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This one shows Charles de Gaulle, the giant figure of the French center-right, basically endorsing National Front-style racism. They quote him as saying:

It’s very good that there are yellow Frechmen, black Frenchmen, brown Frenchment. It shows that France is open to all races and that it has a universal calling. But only on the condition that they remain a small minority. If not, France would no longer be France. We are, at the end of the day, a European people with a white race, a Greek and Roman culture, and a Christian religion.

I believe that was actually de Gaulle talking about the impracticality of trying to maintain Algeria as a province of France. It’s definitely a reminder that whatever you might say about race and the American right they don’t, with the exception of Trent Lott, generally go around boasting about the idea that their platform echoes racist ideas from decades ago.

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