September 21, 1987
Interior Minister Charles Pasqua said the French government is considering banning the works of historians who question the authenticity of the Holocaust. He commented in a radio interview as 30,000 people gathered near Paris to show support for right-wing presidential contender Jean-Marie Le Pen, who sparked protests by describing Nazi gas chambers as a minor point of history. Pasqua suggested that France adopt a law similar to a West German ban on neo-Nazi activities.
December 13, 1989 |
Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the far right in France, was stripped of his immunity by the European Parliament, clearing the way for a trial on state charges brought by France. Le Pen had claimed immunity on the basis of his membership in the Parliament. Although he will be prosecuted for "insulting a minister," the real issue is anti-Semitism. Last year, Le Pen referred to Civil Service Minister Michel Durafour with a pun that involved the term for gas ovens.
April 26, 2002 |
About 100,000 students marched to show their opposition to extreme-right presidential candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen. At many French universities, Thursday was declared a day without classes so that students could debate the political situation. Tens of thousands of protesters have filled the streets daily since Sunday's first-round presidential vote, when Le Pen qualified to face conservative President Jacques Chirac in the May 5 runoff.
April 27, 2002 |
Far-right presidential candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen turned up his anti-immigration rhetoric, saying France should set up "transit camps" for illegal immigrants and even organize a "special train" to ship immigrants to Britain. Le Pen's language evoked the transit camps of World War II, where thousands of French Jews were detained before being deported to death camps on "special trains." Street protests against Le Pen continued Friday.
January 26, 1992 |
Thousands of anti-racist demonstrators marched through Paris, denouncing both the extreme-right National Front and the Socialist government for its tougher stance on immigration. Organizers said about 100,000 people joined the march, but police put the figure at 25,000. The protest was peaceful, with no disruption from National Front supporters.
June 13, 1995
All eyes will be on the right when French voters go to the polls across the country Sunday in the second and final round of voting to choose mayors and council members. In the initial round, last Sunday , the anti-immigrant extreme right, whose national leader is Jean-Marie Le Pen, managed just about 6% of the vote nationwide. (The ruling conservative coalition of French President Jacques Chirac won 49%, better than in the last election but not as well as conservatives had hoped.