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Libération - France | Friday, June 14, 2013

No place for right-wing extremists in France

France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault wants to ban the right-wing extremist organisations Jeunesses nationalistes révolutionnaires and Troisième Voie by decree. The five suspects arraigned for the murder of the 18-year-old student Clément Meric are said to be supporters of these movements. The left-liberal daily Libération welcomes the government's initiative: "It can't be said often enough, especially after the tragic and appalling death of Clément Méric: there is no room in a democracy for these hate-filled groups who have nothing else to express but a violence rooted in the worst hours that Europe experienced almost a century ago. The political world must reject en masse these lovers of shaved heads and swastikas, who draw their strength from social misery. Because there is every risk that the radical far right could slowly trace out a path for itself beside what some call the 'institutional' extreme right. Marine Le Pen, who has become the figurehead of a 'modernised' Front National, knows that she too benefits from these groups from which her party can recruit new militants."

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