A day after Paris showed the world what unity looked like, an estimated 25,000 people poured into the streets of Dresden, Germany, in the latest manifestation of rising anti-Islamic sentiment in Europe. Off the streets, the leaders of Europe’s populist far-right political parities have been busy promoting their message on social networks and in the media in recent days. Le Pen also called for the re-introduction of the death penalty in France, saying Islamists have declared war on France.
Front National, an anti-immigrant nationalist party, has grown to be a significant force in French politics. According to a poll published in the French newspaper Le Figaro, Le Pen led Hollande by as much as 15 percentage points in September.
Outside France, other far-right leaders have also been outspoken in the wake of the attacks. Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands went so far as to say that it was Islam itself that “inspires the murderers.”
“We in Britain, and I’ve seen some evidence of this in other countries too, have a really rather gross policy of multiculturalism…we’ve encouraged people from other cultures to remain within those cultures and not integrate fully within our communities,” he told LBC Radio. “Mercifully it’s small, but we do have a fifth column within our countries.” Far-right parties gain popularity in Europe after Paris attacks