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Envoyé Special: Documentary Crew visits Stanford to track Marine Le Pen's Discourse

In October 2015, documentary film maker Elise Le Guevel and her crew flew in from Paris to visit Stanford. Their goal: to understand better how Marine Le Pen has reformed her discourse by interviewing the team behind Marine Le Pen prise aux mots and the vast corpus of texts and analysis they produced. 

Comparative Analysis: How to Speak about Charlie Hebdo (Valls and Le Pen)

Charlie Hebdo Marine Le Pen word cloud

Word Cloud of Marine Le Pen's speech on January 16, 2015, following the Charlie Hebdo and Hypercasher terrorist attacks. 

The lexical field is dominated by Islamism, fundamentalism and creates a network of guilt by association: "communautarisme", "immigration", "étrangère" are linked by lexical proximity to the pejorative "radical", "terroriste", "fundamentaliste", "djhiadiste".

Explaining the Rise of the NF: Political Rhetoric or Cultural Insecurity? A Review by Arthur Goldhammer (Harvard University)

Arthur Goldhammer (Harvard). “Explaining the Rise of the Front National: Political Rhetoric or Cultural Insecurity?” French Politics, Culture, & Society, vol. 33, Issue 22 (Summer 2015): 145-147.

A Review of:

Laurent Bouvet, L’Insécurité culturelle (Paris: Fayard, 2015).


Cécile Alduy and Stéphane Wahnich, Marine Le Pen prise aux mots: Décryptage du nouveau discours frontiste (Paris: Seuil, 2015).



"Marine Le Pen’s ‘copy and paste’ rhetoric" - Cécile Alduy in "Politico"

Long after his death, Jean-Marie Le Pen’s words will continue to echo in his daughter’s voice.

He won’t be ousted, but he will be silenced.

At least that’s what many members of the French National Front (FN) hope will happen to Jean-Marie Le Pen next week, when the executive board of the party he himself founded in 1972 is to decide on disciplinary action for his latest inflammatory remark — his declaration that the Holocaust was “a detail” of history.

Stanford scholar unpacks the rhetoric behind extremist politician's mainstream success

A pioneering textual analysis of French political speeches led by Stanford Professor of French Cécile Alduy reveals how Marine Le Pen, leader of France's surging far-right National Front, has made extremism palatable in a land of republican values.

French politician Marine Le Pen carried her father's right-wing fringe political party to first place in the country's latest elections for European Parliament.


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