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30.3.13

The far-right in Brittany

Below is a list of Breton far-right organisations and websites. These groups have well documented links to fascists and violent criminals from around Europe. 

After careful consideration it has been decided to blog about them here following the logic of the wise adage forewarned is forearmed. Equally I have noted that members of these organisations, posing as simple Celtic patriots on Facebook, have been trying to make contact with Cornish activists. One such individual - Claude Guillemain - is member of Jeune Bretagne an organisation that has well documented links with the far-right in France, Flanders, Italy [1][2] and elsewhere.

As a Cornishman who lives in Brittany, and who speaks both Breton and French, I have discovered the true nature of these groups. It is now hoped that others who follow can benefit from my insights. Paths that are not worth following are here signposted as such. These groups undermine the cause of Breton national recognition and self-determination. Their ideology belongs in a different age so help them become history and steer well clear. 

Adsav (party)
Kadarn (Adsav youth wing)
War Raok (Adsav's publication) 
Bloc Identitaire Bretagne (party)
 Breizh Identitaire (Facebook page)
Jeune Bretagne (party)
Breizh Atao (website)
Feiz ha Breizh - Bretagne nous avons foi en tois (electoral campaign)
Breizh2004 (blog)
 Breizh Novopress (news website)
 L'Idee Bretonne (website)
Ti Breizh ('cultural' centre)

So that readers can judge just what these groups stand for and how they are perceived by the Breton movement  then let me give you a few pointers. Most notably Diwan, the Breton language schools by immersion, have made it quite clear that support from the above groups is wholly unwelcome and that they are not wanted at any of Diwan's public events. Jeune Bretagne recently organised a meeting in Brittany inviting various far-right formations one of which was Reposte Laique known for being extremely hostile towards the ratification of the charter for minority languages by the French government. So much for supporting the Breton language then. Finally when one of the leaders of Jeune Bretagne visited the UK his only political engagement was to attend a rally by the English Defence League and claim to be a representative of the French anti-Islam movement. So much for his interest in Celtic solidarity and Breton patriotism. 

For confirmation of what I have claimed you can contact Mebyon Kernow's sister party the Union Démocratique Bretonne. Equally you could ask the Parti Breton, Breizhistance, Celtic League, Ofis ar Brezhoneg or any other Breton organisation.

Other far-right regionalist groupings from around Europe include: Alsace d'abord (Alsace), Ligue du Nord (Nothern Italy), Vague Normande (Normandy), Vlaams Belang (Flanders), Nissa Rebella (Nice), Génération Identitaire (France), Bloc Identitaire (France), Plataforma per Catalunya (Catalonia), Citizens' Union (South Tyrol).

Currently, in the UK, far-right nationalism seems to be reserved to being of the British or English type. NF, BNP, England First, EDL and English Democrats this telling list goes on and on. In Celtic nationalist and English regionalist circles you'd be hard push to find anything of significance. Perhaps the illusive Scotland First or the one man show that are the Cornish Democrats could be mentioned. A hand full of National Anarchists, including the amusingly strange Berrocscir's Banner blog, argue for racially/culturally pure autonomous tribal groups - a recipe for hill billy hell if ever there was one - but nothing to compare to France's Bloc Identitaire for the moment.

Again not wanting to give any more publicity to these groups than they deserve the idea is that Cornish activists are forewarned when they venture onto the Internet.

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