About Aurelien Mondon

Aurelien Mondon is a Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Bath, and co-founder of the Open Café in Bath. His first book, Mainstreaming the Extreme Right in France and Australia: A Populist Hegemony? was published in February 2013 by Ashgate.

He tweets @aurelmondon

Articles by Aurelien Mondon

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France's European spleen

As is now common in France, the biggest shock in the Euro elections will come from the far-right Front National, emboldened by a change in perception towards the party from many French voters. Euro elections landscape, 2014.

Populism or the fear of democracy

What democracy really means is the capacity to do things. While the governing elite has increasingly borrowed populist rhetoric from the extreme right to win elections, it has also used the growth of populism to discredit the concept of ‘the people’ and redefine the meaning of democracy. 

French reactionary hypocrisy – the hijab, gay marriage and secularism

The different reactions to the ban on burqas and to the legalisation of same-sex marriage lay bare the hypocrisy of the French right.

Mainstreaming the brown spectre haunting Europe

From Geert Wilders in the Netherlands to Marine Le Pen in France, far right politicians using new strategies are being welcomed into mainstream discourse.

When the possible death of humanities is a progressive development

MOOCs (massive open online courses) and more freely available lectures and university content are transforming the education landscape, and alliances between academia and corporations are ever-increasing. But this revolution in education might pose a lethal threat for hardly commodifiable disciplines such as those of the humanities. 

France’s sombre destiny

While history tells us that Marine Le Pen would not stand a chance in the second round of the presidential elections, it has also shown that France could take a terrible turn as a result of her mere presence.

Less than a year to go and the French elections have never seemed so undecided

Sarkozy’s presidential term has made the front page more often for his private life than for his policies; this has undermined his possibilities for a re-election and increased the chances for opposition candidates.

Strauss-Kahn: where have all the progressives gone?

Supposedly progressive commentators the world over have found it difficult to muster an ethical response to the DSK affair. Feminism clearly has a long way to go, says Aurelien Mondon.
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