The French Storm

En Portada travels to the South of France, from the Pyrenees to Languedoc-Rouissillon, one of the areas with the highest poverty, unemployment and inequality in the country.

We interview the Major of Béziers, the biggest city in the hands of the extreme right party. Rober Ménard describes himself as “reactionist and populist”

One day after the first round in the Presidential Elections, En Portada, portraits the new France. Our crew travels the country to show the social, economic and cultural changes that has shaped the new political map.

After the victory of Donald Trump and Brexit, many look worried the rapid rise of extreme right in France. We visit Béziers, with 77,000 inhabitants, it is the biggest city ruled by the extreme right party. We talk to his Major, Robert Ménard, who has no objections to describe himself as “reactionist and populist”. Marine Le Pen is his candidate and the FN (Front National) help him up to the power, even though he does not belong to the party.

We travel to other towns in the South of France, to one of the areas that has been hit hard by the crisis and the effects of globalization, leaving high ratings of inequity, poverty and unemployment.

The extreme right attracts the protest vote of those who feel left behind and betrayed by the political establishment, who is considered to be away from their daily problems. Their message is permeating in a society that feel disoriented, without any referents and that search for answers and solutions to their daily issues, especially unemployment and insecurity.

One out of three French citizens recognize to agree with the ideas of the Front National, despite 58% see it as dangerous for democracy, as for the latest opinion poll by Le Monde. The social fracture is increasing in a country that sees how this political storm is jeopardizing the values of liberty, equality and fraternity, with which the heart of Europe was built upon.





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