Renardism

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André Renard whose ideology formed the basis for "Renardism"

Renardism (French: Renardisme) was a Belgian political ideology led by André Renard combining elements of syndicalism with Walloon nationalism.

André Renard and Renardism[edit]

Renard had been an active trades unionist before World War II.[1] After 1945, he became involved with the Belgian socialist trades union, the General Federation of Belgian Labour (FGTB) but refused to adapt his populist rhetoric to fit within the mainstream Belgian Socialist Party (PSB). He strongly opposed the return of Leopold III during the Royal Question (1945-50) and supported the Belgian general strike of 1960–61. When the strike collapsed, he participated in the formation of the Mouvement populaire wallon (MPW) party.[2] He died in 1962. Many of the positions of the MPW were adopted by the PSB at the Verviers Congress in 1967.[2]

Renard's political ideas attracted an following within the FGTB and the Walloon Movement and outlived his own death. A staunch popularist, inspired by Trotskyism and Anarcho-Syndicalism, Renard aimed to use industrial action to achieve structural reform which would provide greater autonomy to Wallonia and improve the situation of the working class. He strongly advocated federalism.

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