Julie Marie Pugh


Presentation: 1:15-2:30, Kennedy Union Ballroom



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The paper delves into the rise of right-wing nationalist and populist groups in France, examining recent trends like social media usage and political legitimization that fuel their growth. It clarifies the distinction between "far-right" and "ultra-right" groups, highlighting their ideological foundations and operational methods. Common themes of authoritarianism, ethnocentrism, and nationalism are explored, alongside the diverse landscape of far-right factions in France. The study underscores youth radicalization and the adept utilization of digital platforms by far-right leaders. It also analyzes the relationship between far-right movements and mainstream politics, citing figures like Marine Le Pen and the emergence of new parties like Reconquête. Critiquing the government's reactive stance, the paper calls for proactive measures including enhanced social media surveillance, targeted prevention programs, and political interventions to combat the normalization and expansion of far-right ideologies. In conclusion, it stresses the urgency of proactive measures to protect democracy and social cohesion against the escalating threat of far-right movements in France.

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Project Designation

Course Project 202380 FRN 341 01

Primary Advisor

Marda Messay

Primary Advisor's Department

Global Languages and Cultures


Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

Institutional Learning Goals

Critical Evaluation of Our Times; Diversity

The Rise of the Ultra- and Far-Right Movements in France