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How the French far right is trying to use the Stade de France of suffering Liverpool fans to gain ground in the French elections. soccer

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The far right has been gaining popularity in France in recent years. (Photo by Chessnot/Getty Images)

There has been a flood of support for Liverpool fans in France over the past week, after the Reds were subjected to abusive treatment by French officials before and after UEFA on the trip. Champions League final against Real Madrid at the Stade de France.

Liverpool supporters, including women and children, were beaten with shields, confronted with tear gas and forced to a dangerous crush by French riot police, whose security tactics were designed to contain what were perceived as violent mob lynchings. Went. The people there were really just regular humans who wanted to attend a football match and support their team.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmin and Sports Minister Emilie Odia-Castera later slipped their masks when called before the French Senate to explain the chaos surrounding the stadium in St. blamed’, and the ‘violent’ Liverpool fans for the pain inflicted upon them at the embarrassing hearing, which echoed the lies told in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster and caused worldwide crime.

The pair used old and downright misogynistic preconceptions about British football fans as justification for the injuries and trauma suffered by fans before the biggest fixture in club football, blaming foreigners for their desperate failures. attempt was made.

An opinion poll released late last week found that 76% percent of French people believed that Dormanin, who spent three hours at Senate hearings and took a single photograph or Failed to produce the video, lying Liverpool fans caused the disorder that made global headlines.

The vast majority of French people do not believe that their distrust of Darminin and Oudia-Castera should not come as a surprise. The French government has used repressive policing methods against its own people in recent years, there has been an increase in the use of tear gas, and incidents of police brutality have become major scandals.

President Emmanuel Macron failed to pass a bill through parliament in 2020 that would have given police even more dystopian powers, including a law prohibiting protesters and journalists from filming the actions of officers on duty.

The “yellow jacket” protests that began in France in 2018 by motorists to protest rising fuel prices and the cost of living have seen horrific examples of police violence in the years since.

The fact that Liverpool fans were attacked with indiscriminate violence by the authorities is not surprising to many in France, and the show of support comes from a population that is itself sick and like dangerous animals. Tired of dealing. Order Name.

Police stand in front of fans before the UEFA Champions League Final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on May 28, 2022.  (Photo by Thomas Coax/AFP) (Photo by Thomas Coax/AFP via Getty Images)

French riot police injured Liverpool fans at the Stade de France. (AFP via Getty Images)

However, some of the support shown to Liverpool fans has a more nefarious undercurrent than this. Last week a banner asking Darminin to resign, with #IStandWithEnglishFans written beneath it, was unfurled by a group of young French men outside the Stade de France.

Thousands of Liverpool supporters made it a show of solidarity across the border, standing together to face the brutality of football fans. Unfortunately, the banner belonged to a group of activists called Les Natifes, an ultra-nationalist political organization attempting to use the suffering of Reds fans for their own ends.

The group, along with thousands of voters across the country, is attempting to use the violence of local youth brought to fans as justification for the increasingly racist policy in the government. Their arguments completely ignore the fact that it was the police who left Liverpool fans with zero security in an area known for thefts and looting, and the socio-economic and cultural integration failures of the French state mean. That areas like St. Denis have high rates of violent crime.

The main opposition in France has been the far right in the last few elections. Under the leadership of Marine Le Pen, the National Front has grown in popularity, and Le Pen has been runner-up in the last two presidential elections.

Marine Le Pen came second in the presidential election earlier this year. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Although the party has made rapid strides toward the mainstream in recent years to restore its image, the views of Le Pen’s group remain fanatical and twisted at their core. The National Front has also been overtaken in the past few years by the flamboyant Eric Zeymour, who commands the support of those who think Le Pen’s particular brand of fascism isn’t strong enough.

In recent years, the far right has enjoyed increasing support in France, especially among young people. Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie, earned 10% of the first-round vote when he last stood as a presidential candidate in 2007, with his daughter as head of the same party earlier this year. Votes were secured in 24% more crowded areas.

Compared to the United Kingdom, where older people are generally considered more likely to vote for right-wing candidates, more 25-to-34-years-olds voted for Len Penn than Macron.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s leftist NUPES coalition currently leads the elections in France ahead of the legislative elections. (Photo by Stephen de Sacutin/AFP) (Photo by Stephen de Sacutin/AFP via Getty Images)

With elections in France to be held on 12 and 19 June, where its MPs will be elected for the next five-year cycle, any show of far-right support for Liverpool fans is in fact a ruse to use carnage. It’s a thin trick. Order to pull France towards authoritarianism and intolerance.

A left-wing coalition known as the NUPES currently leads the legislative election ahead of Macron’s governing La République en March party, but the National Front is turning its neck down in third.

Any online groups or accounts that use the French flag, nationalist-sounding names and motifs, or anti-racist politics should be treated with deep suspicion and should not be included. Their faith soars in front of so many people who follow Liverpool, and the necessity of knowing the truth about what happened at the Stade de France does not allow fans to use a tool to increase the electoral power of the bigwigs. should be given. ,

Fans should be careful what they share online. The desire to prove that Darmanin and Oudia-Castera are not true is obvious and justified, but it is important to remember that your enemy’s enemy is not necessarily your friend.

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