The French Far Right- isolated or central force?

Aston Inaugurals

8 April 2013

Book for Prof Jim Shields’ free inaugural lecture debating the Front National party at forty.

In the 2012 French presidential and parliamentary elections, Marine Le Pen and her far-right Front National (FN) won a combined total of ten million votes, an electoral support unprecedented in the FN’s forty-year history. Where does that leave the party now – still isolated on the far right or increasingly a player at the centre of French politics?

This inaugural lecture (Tuesday, April 23rd), Where’s the party? The Front National at forty, by Professor Jim Shields from Aston University's School of Languages and Social Sciences, will consider some of the issues raised by the current strength and mainstream aspirations of the FN.

It will be the second ‘inaugural’ lecture given by this speaker on this subject at Aston. The first was in autumn 1984 when, as a newly appointed fixed-term lecturer, a very much younger Jim Shields devoted his first lecture to the earliest signs of electoral breakthrough by a largely unknown Front National – never thinking he would be talking about it still three decades later.

This Inaugural on Tuesday 23rd April (2013) at 6pm,will be held in the Sumpner Lecture Theatre located in the Main Building on Aston University campus which is just a short walk from the Centre of Birmingham. 

The event is free to attend and open to all. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served from 5.30pm and a buffet will follow the lecture.  

To book a seat, register via Eventbrite below. 

For further information call please call 0121 204 4542 or email