Natalie Nougayrède

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The new French leader was seen as being key to the EU, but instead he has been scapegoating it in order to deflect criticism away from himself. When he came to office, Emmanuel Macron was claimed as the poster child for European political liberalism, saving the day against the forces of extremism and populism. “Europe’s saviour?” was a common headline.feedback
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Aug 28 2017 Populism
Natalie Nougayrède has most recently been quoted in an article called Fake news is bad. But fake history is even worse. Natalie Nougayrède said, “From Turkey to China, strongmen rewrite the past to suit their ends. But democracies are not immune to this revisionism. On 22 July, the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán stood before university students and delivered a speech titled “Will Europe belong to Europeans?” It contained rambling passages about how a “Soros plan” was in place to bring in “hundreds of thousands of migrants every year – if possible, a million – to the territory of the European Union from the Muslim world”. The aim was to transform the continent into “a new, Islamised Europe”. This, Orbán argued, was what lay behind “Brussels’ continuous and stealthy withdrawal of powers from the nation states”. Orbán has form when it comes to this kind of paranoid vision. He’s an authoritarian populist who has made a habit of stoking xenophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment. He eagerly amplifies far-right conspiracy theories about the Christian majority being threatened by demographic “replacement”. His message isn’t just fake news about the present, however. It comes laced with historical distortion.”. Natalie Nougayrède has been quoted a grand total of 22 times in 19 articles.
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Apr 24 2017 - Front National

Leftwingers and ultra-conservatives could yet hand the French presidency to the Front National candidate – by refusing to back Emmanuel Macron on 7 May. Many will have felt a huge sense of relief at the outcome of yesterday’s vote in the French presidential race – I certainly did. But to say the battle has been won against extremism and demagoguery, in this key test for liberal democracy in Europe, would be a daring assumption. Two weeks remain before the 7 May run-off, and that can be a long time in politics.feedback

Apr 22 2017 - Terrorism

France goes to the polls on Sunday in a presidential election shaped by economic insecurity, cultural paranoia and terrorism. Natalie Nougayrède travels to the south-west and tries to make sense of the most important vote of her lifetime.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Front National

Vladimir Putin has applauded far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen and officials are on alert for campaign meddling. The golden domes of one of Vladimir Putin’s foreign projects, the recently built Russian Holy Trinity cathedral in the heart of Paris, rise up not far from the Elysée palace, the seat of the French presidency.feedback

Apr 08 2017 - Front National

The presidential favourite has chosen a difficult time to recast France as a diverse, inclusive nation. At age 39, Emmanuel Macron is a breath of fresh air in French politics. But can he convince enough voters that he can take France into a 21st century of openness and confident, diverse modernity? With the spectre of Marine Le Pen looming, a lot seems to rest on one young face, just two weeks ahead of a presidential election set to define not just the fate of France’s democracy but also the future of much of Europe.feedback

Apr 01 2017 - Brexit

The EU’s achievements are huge. As Brexit begins, don’t forget that hundreds of millions still want to be part of it. Europeans have never had it so good. This may sound counterintuitive, at the end of a momentous week when Brexit has been formally triggered, marking for the first time ever a shrinking of the European project. Yet because something seems paradoxical doesn’t mean it isn’t true.feedback

Mar 24 2017

Populist nationalists see the union as the enemy of cultural and ethnic belonging. It’s time for those who support Europe to debunk their myths. If one image can sum up the paradoxes that increasingly lie at the heart of the European project, as it celebrates its 60th this weekend, this may be a good one. Last month, hundreds of thousands of Romanians demonstrated against corruption. As night fell, they used the lights on their smartphones to form the national flag. Then, with equal enthusiasm, they used the same lights to form the star-studded blue and gold EU flag. Both flags mattered; both were dear.feedback

Mar 17 2017 - Trump-Merkel

Today’s White House meeting could prove to be the most crucial for transatlantic relations since the end of the Soviet bloc. As close encounters go, this was bound to be a defining one. Angela Merkel, Europe’s most powerful, values-oriented, refugee-welcoming and Putin-resisting leader, finally met Donald Trump, potential wrecker of the west and liberal democracy.feedback

Mar 08 2017 - Front National

France is a country beset by scandals and security fears – and with the mainstream parties crumbling, anything is possible. Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National party has never been closer to power. That is not to say she will be elected president in May. When in 1962 Charles de Gaulle introduced direct universal suffrage for the presidential election, he cushioned it with a two-round voting system in which a 50% majority is required in the runoff. Le Pen seems set to pass the first hurdle, but not the second. In that case, the biggest danger lies not so much in her entering the Elysée Palace, but in her party becoming the largest opposition force in the National Assembly after the parliamentary elections in June. But don’t be mistaken, a worst-case scenario is possible.feedback

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