EUROPE FEARS ISLAMISM
The French far right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen infuriated both the Algerians and the Swiss with a poster, NON A L’SISLAMISME, showed on Monday 03/08/2010. The poster was publicized ahead of the French regional elections on Sunday 03/14/2010, and is another episode in the ongoing and growing Cultural Conflict in Europe. The posters have been published by the National Front – NF’s youth wing and, at first, were mostly displayed in the south of France.
The Algerian government has formally protested to Paris about a poster which associates its flag with Islamisme, or radical forms of Islam.
It closely resembles a poster published by a nationalist party in Switzerland before a mosque-building referendum in 11/2009 (Minarets Ban). The Swiss advertising agency that devised the original poster said it planned to sue Mr Le Pen’s party, the National Front, for plagiarism.
The Algerian government and anti-racist groups in France have more pressing concerns. “We have officially protested,” said the Algerian Foreign Minister, Mourad Medelci. “It is up to the French state to take the necessary measures when foreign countries’ symbols are dragged through the mud”. Kahled Lasbeur, lawyer for the Movement against Racism, warned of “riots, demonstrations and blood-letting” if the posters are not banned.
The National Front NF insists that the posters are a protest against extreme forms of Islam. Opponents say that the use of Algerian flags and minarets is a naked attempt to stir up anti-Islamic and anti-Arab feelings. New legal complaints have been brought by three anti-racism pressure groups.
In the most recent opinion polls, Jean-Marie Le Pen’s list is said to command around 15 per cent of the vote in the Provence region – enough to reach the second round.
Overall, the National Front is given about 8 per cent of the vote nationwide, a substantial slump from its “glory” days in the late 1990s and 2002.
In Holland the parliament member, the producer of the controversial Fitna-movie, who was banned from the UK in 2009 for being a threat to race relations, and the leader of the Dutch Party of Freedom, is expected, according to the current polls, to gain about 25% of the seats in the Dutch parliament and to become the biggest party in the house. He already gained significant power in Holland’s regional elections, on 03/05/2010. If the Party will receive the same support in the national elections on 06/09/2010, Geert Wilders will be, possibly, Holland’s next Prime Minister.
The conflict about the Islamization of Europe is just heating up and will shape Europe, at least, in the coming two decades..
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