Luc Michel

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Luc Michel
Born 1958 (age 58–59)
Nationality Belgium
Occupation politician, activist

Luc Michel (born 1958) is a Belgian political activist. He is the current leader and founder of the Parti Communautaire National-Européen (PCN).

Life[edit]

In his youth Michel was a member of Front de la Jeunesse, a private militia group on the extreme right.[1] However he first came to prominence when he served as Thiriart's personal secretary.[2] Inspired by the success of Jean-Marie LePen in France, Michel attempted to establish a group using the National Front name in 1984 but this proved unsuccessful. A more long-lasting Belgian National Front was established the following year by Daniel Féret the following year, although Michel took no role in this group due to a strong personal antipathy towards Féret.[1]

He established the PCN in 1984,[3] following the failure of his National Front initiative. Michel has been leader since foundation, although following the collapse of the Soviet Union he convinced his mentor Thiriart to become a member.[4] Thiriart died soon afterwards however.

In 2014 Michel and Jean-Pierre Vandersmissen, as representatives of a group called the Eurasian Observatory for Democracy and Elections, acted as observers of the Crimean status referendum.[5]

Ideology[edit]

Michel is a supporter of National Bolshevism and has described himself as a "national communist".[6] He has created a number of peridocials that stress opposition to Zionism and the United States.[7] He is a lawyer by profession, he has also written extensively on his political ideas. He has claimed to have the support of Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, in this endeavour.[8]

In his writing Michel has expressed admiration for several developing world figures, including Che Guevara, Juan Peron, Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi.[7] His attraction to the latter led him to establish the Mouvement Européen pour la Démocratie Directe, a think tank inspired by the Third International Theory.[7] Michel established contact with the Libyan regime and in August 2003 organised with their help the quatrieme universite d'ete pour les mouvements verts, pacifistes et alternatifs en Europe as an attempt to encourage co-operation between elements of the far right and the far left.[9]

Publications[edit]

  • Le Parti Historique Révolutionnaire
  • Orientations NR
  • Manifeste à la Nation-Europe
  • Pour une Europe unitaire et communautaire
  • Mythes et réalités du national-bolchévisme (Russie, Allemagne, Europe)
  • La résistance allemande anti-hitlérienne
  • Moammar Kadhafi et la révolution lybienne

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b David Art, Inside the Radical Right: The Development of Anti-Immigrant Parties in Western Europe, Cambridge University Press, 2011, p. 68
  2. ^ Martin A. Lee, The Beast Reawakens, Warner Books, p. 479
  3. ^ Antisemitism and Xenophobia Toady - Belgium 1996
  4. ^ Stephen E. Atkins, Encyclopedia of Modern Worldwide Extremists and Extremist Groups, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004, p. 321
  5. ^ European right-wing extremists and other pro-Russian activists "observed" the Crimean "referendum", Searchlight magazine
  6. ^ Lee, p. 319
  7. ^ a b c Pierre-André Taguieff, La Judéophobie des Modernes: Des Lumières au Jihad mondial, Odile Jacob, 2008, p. 638
  8. ^ 'Jean Thiriart and his followers'
  9. ^ Taguieff, La Judéophobie des Modernes, p. 639

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