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Belden Fields is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana and an editor/facilitator/writer for the Public i, the newspaper of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Center. His scholarly work has focused on French politics, social/political movements in France and the United States, and human rights. He is the author of Student Politics in France (Basic Books), Trotskyism and Maoism: Theory and Practice in France and the United States (Autonomedia and Praeger), Education and Democratic Theory (with Walter Feinberg, SUNY Press), and Rethinking Human Rights for the New Millennium (Palgrave-Macmillan). He is also a peace and a human rights activist.
France: The Power of Le Pens
This article relates how a far right-wing family, the Le Pens, have transformed a small openly anti-Semitic and racist movement into a political party that is attracting strong national support to the point of threatening to take the French presidency, with enormous implications for Europe as a whole.