Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

When the FN was founded in the early 1970s it was widely irrelevant. However, over the past three decades, it has managed to enter into and reshape mainstream French politics. Historically, economic, social, and political transformations have aided the party in their popularization. This paper looks at how similar economic, political and social transformations in the 21st century have enabled this neo-nationalist party to gain such unprecedented electoral success. More precisely, this paper looks at how these factors, identified as the 2008-09 Global Economic crisis, changing immigration trends, and the presidencies of Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande, have all interacted and intersected to create a favorable climate for the rise of the FN by promoting fear and crisis.

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