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World Against Azerbaijan, the French far right defends Armenia

23:40  01 october  2020
23:40  01 october  2020 Source:   liberation.fr

Armenia and Azerbaijan clash over disputed region

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Des volontaires arméniens en uniforme dans le Haut-Karabakh, mardi. © Karen Mirzoyan Armenian volunteers in uniform in Nagorno-Karabakh, Tuesday. From the National Rally to Identityists, the French far right has taken up the cause of Armenia in the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. An opportunist support that aims to materialize his anti-Muslim discourse and make Erdogan the scarecrow of an Islam presented as conquering and threatening the Christian West.

A priest in a cassock wielding a Kalashnikov assault rifle in his left hand and an Orthodox cross in his right hand. In the caption, a simple sentence: "Support for Armenia". The photo, disseminated by Armenian state propaganda, was widely picked up this week by the French fascosphere which suddenly took a passion for the conflict between Armenia and the separatists of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan . An opportunist interest that focuses on the confessional prism - yet secondary in this conflict - and aims to materialize the alleged war that Islam is waging against the Christian West. A central discourse for this movement, the majority within the French far right, which believes in great replacement and racializes or confessionalizes (with great blows of Islamophobia) down to the slightest news item.

Fears grow of war between Armenia and Azerbaijan as fighting continues for second day

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For proof, the front page of the national-Catholic daily Present on this Thursday. Full page, close-up of the arm of an Armenian fighter in fatigues wielding a Kalashnikov and rosary beads. "Armenia resists Azeri-Turkish attack for its land, for its faith", headlines the newspaper of the Christian current of the radical far right, detailing: "Supported and pushed by Turkey, Azerbaijan attacked the Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh. The oldest Christian country in the world is bravely fighting to keep its territory from neo-Ottoman lusts. ” Beyond the fate of Nagorno-Karabakh and anti-imperialist considerations, the subject which mobilizes the French far right is thus the alleged aggression of Azeri Muslims against Armenian Christians (although no one is in a position to at present, to say who is responsible for this new resurgence of tensions in this latent war which has lasted for nearly three decades).

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Willful confusion?

From neofascists to identitarians, including the National Rally, and even some neo-Nazis, the French far right has taken up the cause of Christian Armenia, which is also supported by Moscow. Like Jean-Eudes Gannat, leader of the Angevin national-Catholic group Alvarium (close to the revolutionary nationalist movement and who co-founded the association "Solidarité Arménie" in 2018) or Jean-David Cattin, historical identity who has become close to Generation identity (he was a speaker at the group's last summer camp). But it is also Jean Messiha (RN) who denounces "the offensive of Azerbaijan, supported by the Islamo-fascist (sic) Erdogan, against the Christians of Nagorno-Karabakh". As the only press release from the National Assembly on the subject, dated Sunday, which only mentions "the activities of the Turkish president in the Caucasus". Or the RN MEP Jérôme Rivière. "It's time to stop the Ottoman autocrat!" he tweeted on Thursday, arguing that "Daesh and Al Qaeda terrorists" were "sent against Armenia by Erdogan's Turkey". Willful confusion? If pro-Turkish Islamist fighters, especially Turkmen fighters, fought in Syria before being redeployed to Libya and now to Azerbaijan, these groups are more mercenary and are not jihadists. They even sometimes fought them.

The conflict is thus presented by the French far right as a new episode of Erdogan's "Ottoman" imperialism. The latter, after the instrumentalization of refugees, tensions in the Mediterranean or its diplomatic-military involvement in the Syrian conflict, has thus (re) become one of the favorite targets of the French far right. A prominent Muslim leader, imperialist and guilty of a certain laissez-faire in the face of the jihadists when it served his purposes: the ideal scarecrow for this far right which wants to make Islam a threat.

Why Armenia and Azerbaijan are fighting, and why it could get uglier .
The countries have fought for years over a breakaway region, but this time, the U.S. isn't helping to mediate, and other major powers are picking sides.International observers and analysts warn that, unlike during previous clashes along the two countries' shared border, it may be hard to negotiate peace this time, not least because NATO member Turkey has backed Azerbaijan and the United States appears uninterested in playing the vital role of arbiter.

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