Alexandre Gabriac, French media’s ‘favourite fascist’
France’s far-right groups have benefited from the media attention around the six-month protest against gay marriage. Alexandre Gabriac, a 22-year-old nicknamed the media’s “favourite fascist,” is their rising star.
Courtesy of @jeunesses-nationalistes.fr
The six-month protest against the gay marriage bill (which became law on May 18) has turned the spotlight on a handful of far-right groups, more radical than Marine Le Pen’s National Front party. Alexandre Gabriac is their rising star.
Gabriac is young and camera friendly, boasts Facebook and Twitter accounts with thousands of followers, and was elected to France’s Rhones-Alpes regional council in March 2010. At 22, Gabriac is the new face of the radical far-right, head of a group called Jeunesses Nationalistes (Nationalist Youth).
Despite his young age, Gabriac already has nearly a decade of experience in far-right politics. He started off in the ranks of the National Front at the age of 13. In 2011, he first made headlines when Marine Le Pen kicked him out of the party after a photo of Gabriac doing the Nazi salute, or as he called it, “a picture with my right arm up in the air”, surfaced online.