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The implications of a ban and the current political situation in France. Reasons why the National Front should be banned:

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Plan Title: Should the National Front be banned? Introduction: - The implications of a ban and the current political situation in France. Reasons why the National Front should be banned: - According to French law, the FN's nature and behaviour is reason for it to be banned. - It exploits personal fears as propaganda. - It hinders immigrant integration. - The party faces rejuvenation with Marine Le Pen. - It challenges democracy. - It attempts to spread its influence outside of France. Reasons why the National Front should not be banned: - Democracy embodies freedom of expression. - It is internally weak - not a threat. - Only gains popularity by Le Pen's charisma. - It exploits ignored social changes, thus highlighting them for the government. - Only dangerous because it is receiving publicity. - France has faced worse political threats and survived. Conclusion: - Given all the arguments, reasons why the National Front should not be banned. - My opinion: a ban would be anti-democratic and would destroy an outlet of socio-economic frustration. Should the National Front be banned? Following the ban on the Basque nationalist party "Batasuna", the legitimacy of extreme right movements and their integration into democracy has been called into question. ...read more.

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Therefore, Le Pen's achievement of maintaining support, reveals a deep crisis regarding the concept of a harmonious multi-racial nation, the ideal which the Republic is built upon, because it appears that there is a significant minority that oppose integration. Also, the recent emergence of Le Pen's daughter Marine indicates that the party could be rejuvenated where it may attract the youths. It is an incoherent party without a clear political programme to follow. The National Fronts rhetoric is centred on exclusion and violence, whilst exploiting the public's fear and frustrations. It creates a sense of anachronistic brotherhood that seems to embrace many, in defiance of those who shout "no" to hate, xenophobia and intolerance. Because of this, it should be banned because it is a challenge to democratisation of continental institutions, such as the EU and is attempting to spread its influence outside of France. However, "even abroad, the French have mobilised" The French in Rome expressed their solidarity with France in front of the French Embassy in May 2002 by demonstrating with the ADFE against the way the FN contests democratic values, thus displaying its limited support. ...read more.

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However, this "protest vote" has self-imposed limits because many of those who vote FN have no desire for Le Pen to be president. In conclusion, one can say that the National front should not be banned because banning it is anti-democratic and would ignore the freedom of expression. Although, the National Front is violent and intolerant, it clearly has no political plan, and can only exploit its own hatred. It has functioned as an antiestablishment outlet which embodies public insecurity. The Front National developed in a degraded economic, social and political environment and its success is clearly linked to the rise in unemployment. Therefore, one can not ban a party for being a source of socio-economic frustration against the government. It is evident that the real solution is to combat the FN, to modernise it, to get closer to the working classes who have left democracy for it, and to start to rebuild hope and united plans for the good of France and for the good of democracy. Therefore, the National front should not be banned because it seems to keep working class unrest from exploding out of control. ?? ?? ?? ?? Daniel Devane 1 ...read more.

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