Constructing the Muslim threat: A critical analysis of Marine Le Pen's Twitter posts during the 2017 French election campaign

  title={Constructing the Muslim threat: A critical analysis of Marine Le Pen's Twitter posts during the 2017 French election campaign},
  author={Adis Maksi{\'c} and Nihad Ahmi{\'c}},
  journal={Journal of Regional Security},
In recent years, the radical right-wing has been gaining ground in international politics. This analysis seeks to advance scholarly understandings of a major theme of right-wing discourse in Europe, the portrayal of Muslims as a threatening ethnoreligious other. It focuses on the Twitter activity of Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French right-wing National Rally (called National Front at the time) and former presidential candidate. Building on original research that extracted hundreds of… 
1 Citations

Tables from this paper

Placing Portuguese Right-Wing Populism Into Context
This chapter examines the discourse of the Portuguese right-wing populist André Ventura and compares it with his close counterparts, Santiago Abascal, Marine Le Pen, and Matteo Salvini. The empirical


The Specter Haunting Europe: “Heritage Populism” and France’s National Front
Abstract:Across advanced democracies, a new strain of populism of the right that combines hostility toward elites with opposition to the European Union, immigrants, and Islam, has emerged with force.
Twitter as arena for the authentic outsider: exploring the social media campaigns of Trump and Clinton in the 2016 US presidential election
In the 2016 US presidential election campaign, social media platforms were increasingly used as direct sources of news, bypassing the editorial media. With the candidates’ millions of followers,
Far-Right Movements in France: The Principal Role of Front National and the Rise of Islamophobia
This chapter presents the current landscape of the French far right through an ethnographic study of two significant protagonists, the Front National and the network of activists fighting the
Islamophobia and Radicalization: Roots, Impact and Implications
  • J. Esposito
  • Political Science
    Islamophobia and Radicalization
  • 2018
ISIS recruits from Western societies have triggered a global emphasis on countering violent extremism. This chapter will address the connection between Islamophobia and radicalization: the cultural
Analysis of The Correlation Between Populist Discourse and Tweet Popularity
Analysis of linguistic features present in populist discourse on Twitter, together with the relationship that these may have with the popularity obtained by the tweets, indicates that these features are positively correlated with the tweet popularity, both when considering populist and non-populist politicians.
The Far Right Across Borders. Networks and Issues of (Trans)National Cooperation in Western Europe on Twitter
Historically, far-right activism2 has had a transnational dimension.3 More recently, across Europe, various far-right organizations including the Identitarians and also the more established Italian
The Extreme Right in France: From Pétain to Le Pen
This study of the extreme right in France, from one of the most well-informed and prolific authors on the topic, situates the emergence, rise, impact and nature of JeanMarie Le Pen’s Front National
Between nationalism and civilizationism: the European populist moment in comparative perspective
ABSTRACT This paper argues that the national populisms of Northern and Western Europe form a distinctive cluster within the wider north Atlantic and pan-European populist conjuncture. They are
The Extreme-Right in France
Beyond the specific circumstances of the 2002 elections which allowed Jean-Marie Le Pen to progress to the second round, but which saw a relative drop for FN and MNR candidates in the subsequent
Emotions and Information Diffusion in Social Media—Sentiment of Microblogs and Sharing Behavior
It is found that emotionally charged Twitter messages tend to be retweeted more often and more quickly compared to neutral ones, and companies should pay more attention to the analysis of sentiment related to their brands and products in social media communication as well as in designing advertising content that triggers emotions.