Renouveau français

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Renouveau français (literally "French renewal") is a French far-right nationalist political party affiliated with the European National Front, founded in November 2005.

Renouveau français politically defines itself as nationalist, Catholic and "counterrevolutionary" — in this case, reactionary opposition to the principles of the French Revolution of 1789. Nevertheless, the organisation has a tricolour logo[1] and claims to defend the "French nation".[2]

Organisation[edit]

Renouveau français describes itself as a "structure for reflexion, formation and information, outside the electoralist framework, independent from all political formations and from all cleavages".

Renouveau français is coordinated by a directorial committee and has regional branches in Île-de-France, Brittany, Anjou, Normandy, Vendée, Toulouse and Alsace.[3][4] They claim several hundred members and "thousands" of sympathisers.

Doctrine[edit]

Renouveau français describes itself as "nationalist", defining the notion as "defence of vital interests of France and the French, without any hatred".

Renouveau français is monarchist and rejects freemasonry and lobbyist organizations, as well as Marxism and Classical Liberalism. The organisation claims to be the heir of Charles Maurras, Édouard Drumont, Maurice Barrès, Jacques Ploncard d'Assac and Henry Coston.[5] Their site hosts editorials from veterans of the OAS [6]

Electoral stance[edit]

Renouveau français claims to be "off the left/right cleavage", a common claim of French paleoconservatism. In 2007, however, Renouveau français encouraged its sympathisers to vote for "no other candidate than Jean-Marie Le Pen."[7] Le Pen was described as "the only credible representative of the patriotic trend". Still, Renouveau français warned against the "parliamentary system", and the "fundamentally Masonic, secular, and cosmopolitan Republic".[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a stylised white fleur-de-lis on blue and red background ; the three colours are one of the most prominent symbols of the French Revolution
  2. ^ The concept of France as a "nation" was one of the advances introduced by the French Revolution, but members of Renouveau français claim that it dates back to the baptism of Clovis I in 496.
  3. ^ Structure on renouveaufrancais.com
  4. ^ Contacts on renouveaufrancais.com
  5. ^ Nationalisme on renouveaufrancais.com
  6. ^ Les raisons de combattre, by Robert Martel
  7. ^ a b Communiqué du 30 mars 2007